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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Gone Too Far, Microsoft Wants Licensing Monopolies (Apple Too)

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Gone Too Far, Microsoft Wants Licensing Monopolies (Apple Too)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 23:49:56 +0000
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Intellectual Property and the Structure of Human Action

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| Granting property rights in scarce 
| resources, but not in ideas, is precisely 
| what is needed to permit successful action 
| as well as societal progress and prosperity.


Microsoft to herd third parties with licensing patent

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| Microsoft has applied for a US patent that 
| the company hopes will close a loophole when 
| it comes to licensing software to third 
| parties.
| Redmond put forward its request to patent 
| what it has dubbed the âextensible agent-
| based license structureâ on 25 June 2008. 
| The USPTO published the firmâs application, 
| which is credited to inventors Sanjay Garg, 
| Scott Kurtzeborn, Qi Zhong and Gordon Hardy 
| - working on behalf of MS - on 31 December 
| 2009.
| The software giant noted in its application 
| that its current licensing systems, 
| including the controversial product 
| activation technology it uses, come with a 
| restrictive set of licensing schemes when 
| the firm's software is released.


Apple Blocks Google App From iPhone While Trying To Patent The Same Invention?

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| What makes this story more interesting is 
| the fact that Apple barred Google Lattitude 
| from the iPhone app store. Of course, Apple 
| has a history of barring competitive apps, 
| but that's also brought about regulatory 
| scrutiny from the federal government over 
| whether or not Apple is abusing its market 
| position. 



Yup, Appleâs Advertising Budget Is Bigger Than Microsoft Vistaâs

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| Update: Microsoft spends more on advertising across all of its combined
| businesses than Apple does, but its Windows business is what competes most
| directly with Apple. Microsoftâs total advertising budget across all of its
| businesses, including Windows, Office, Xbox, and all the enterprise stuff,
| was the following (from the 10K): âAdvertising expense was $1.2 billion, $1.3
| billion, and $1.2 billion in fiscal years 2008, 2007, and 2006,
| respectively.â

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