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[News] The Nerve of Microsoft Racketeering Against Linux; Peer-to-Patent Status

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A cheneyian view of software patents

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| Call me pessimistic if you wish: Bad habits take a long time to die. 
| Sometimes, they don’t even disappear at all. They keep on surviving. This 
| time, it seems that Microsoft has decided to roam around and privateer 
| against anything that looks even remotely like a company that could use 
| patents on software. This is how Microsoft announced an agreement 
| on “Intellectual Property” with Brother, focused on printing technology. Now, 
| as Matt Asay has rightfully pointed out, Microsoft does not manufacture nor 
| design printers, but the hell with it! Printers are like the rest, a whole 
| bunch of patentable paraphenalia anyone with capital should invest into. 
| Note: The point is not to invest in printers themselves, it is to patent 
| everything you can imagine is patentable.          


Peer-to-Patent and Article One Drag the Reclusive Patent Onto the Thoroughfare

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| Patenting used to be a lonely pursuit. Patent applicants would work in 
| isolation, secrecy being their only protection before the patent application 
| was filed. The patent would be granted or rejected in a pas de deux involving 
| just applicant and examiner. Once a patent was granted, licensing battles 
| were also fought mano a mano while other potential infringers watched 
| anxiously from the sidelines.     



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest 
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask 
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that. 

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