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[News] Behind Microsoft|Horacio Gutierrez's Attack on GNU/Linux and Why He Should be Sacked

  • Subject: [News] Behind Microsoft|Horacio Gutierrez's Attack on GNU/Linux and Why He Should be Sacked
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 00:44:40 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft Makes Mockery of Interoperability

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| Microsoft needs to get rid of its chief IP lawyer and its patent strategy if 
| it wants further efforts at interoperability to be taken seriously by open 
| source vendors and users.  
| In at least two interviews with IT publications this week, Horacio Gutierrez 
| reaffirmed that the company intends to try and force open source companies to 
| sign patent licensing deals or face lawsuits.  
| [...]
| The intellectual property that is trying Gutierrez's patience is not any line 
| of copyrighted code, nor any trademark or trade secret. It's a bunch of 
| patents that Microsoft claims it owns. In the bizarro-world that is US patent 
| law, companies can get government-granted monopolies on procedures that are 
| taught to programmers at high school as if they were some sort of valuable 
| asset.     


Microsoft is approaching critical bloggers again ('Microsoft doubters'):

A Business Relationship Built At The End Of A Pointy Stick Isn't Much Of A

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| Last week, Microsoft was kind enough to invite me to sit down, one-on-one 
| with Horacio Gutierrez, the company's VP and Deputy General Counsel in charge 
| of intellectual property and licensing.   



A Patent Lie

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| Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his 
| senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, "If people had understood how 
| patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, 
| and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete 
| standstill today." Mr. Gates worried that "some large company will 
| patent some obvious thing" and use the patent to "take as much of 
| our profits as they want."


Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and 
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local 
| executive for Sun Microsystems.  


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free 
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different 
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild 
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as 
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from 
| universities in Asia."   


Playing Microsoft Patent Poker 

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| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people 
| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what 
| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent 
| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary 
| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against 
| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat.     
| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the 
| players.  

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