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[News] The Frohwitter Patent Troll Wants to Ban GOogle's Linux Phones

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HTC patent infringement may see German ban of G1

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| According to the dirctor of IPCom GmbH, Bernhard Frohwitter, if IPCom can’t 
| attain an agreement with HTC then HTC may well be force to stop selling UNTS 
| mobile phones in Germany, and that will include the Google Android T-Mobile 
| G1, and the soon to be released HTC Magic.   


German patent troll strikes again


Court ruling in favor of IP-Com may prevent HTC shipments in Germany


Microsoft is an investor in patent trolls.


Bill Gates, top Microsoft executives do some of their inventing on the side

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| Bill Gates and several of Microsoft’s top technologists are credited as
| inventors in eight newly disclosed U.S. patent applications. That isn’t a
| surprise. But here’s where it starts to get unusual: The applications weren’t
| made on Microsoft’s behalf.|
| [...]
| Here's what we know: An entity called Searete LLC applied for the patents.
| Searete is part of Intellectual Ventures LLC, the Bellevue-based invention
| house run by Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former chief technology officer.
| Myhrvold’s company has stirred controversy with its large patent hoard.


Top Microsoft Execs Moonlighting For a Patent Bully

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| "TechFlash reports that Microsoft bigwigs like Craig Mundie and Bill Gates
| (when he still worked there) have been secretly moonlighting at Intellectual
| Ventures (IV), the 'patent extortion fund' run by Bill's pal Nathan Myhrvold.
| A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that its technologists have been sitting in
| on IV-sponsored 'innovation sessions,' where their pearls of wisdom were
| captured and turned into patent applications for Searete, an IV shadow
| corporate entity. And if all goes well, Searete will soon enjoy exclusive
| rights to the fruit of the brainstorming, which includes processes ranging
| from determining and rewarding 'influencers' to treating malaria, HIV, TB,
| hepatitis, smallpox, and cancer."


Microsoft fueling Intellectual Ventures, OpenOffice, and other conspiracy

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| Of more concern was the TechFlash's news that Bill Gates, Craig Mundie, and
| other top current and past Microsoft officials make a regular pilgrimage to
| the patent troll, Intellectual Ventures, to feed it ideas which it turns into
| patents. Regardless of what one thinks about patents, shouldn't Microsoft be
| feeding itself with patents, not another company? In other words, shouldn't
| it be the patent troll?

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