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[News] Acacia and Microsoft Make Agreement on Patents

  • Subject: [News] Acacia and Microsoft Make Agreement on Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:04:32 +0000
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Acacia and Microsoft settle litigation

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| Acacia Research Corporation announced on 
| Friday its Freyburger LLC subsidiary settled 
| litigation and entered a license agreement 
| with Microsoft Corp. 


Acacia and Microsoft settle litigation


Retailers still selling Word with custom XML

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| Microsoft today said that retailers can 
| continue to sell unmodified versions of Word 
| 2007, even though a court order that required 
| the company to remove custom XML technology 
| from the software took effect Monday.


Some Microsoft Volume Buyers Still Locked Out

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| Nearly a month after a software upgrade 
| bumped Microsoft partners and customers off 
| the company's volume licensing site, the main 
| problem has been fixed but some users are 
| still locked out.



Paul Ware and Acacia

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| Ware and Financial Systems Innovation, LLC (a subsidiary of Acacia, formerly 
| a subsidiary of TechSearch, the company now known as Global Patent Holdings) 
| have filed 10 patent litigations in the last four years, against 144 
| defendants. Friedman, Suder & Cooke is representing Ware and Acacia in all of 
| the litigation, most of which are pending either in the Northern District of 
| Georgia or Northern District of Texas. The big filing was one last June 
| against 106 defendants, which I reported on here. While 3 of Ware's cases 
| were settled, the rest were stayed pending the first reexamination. There are 
| motions in each of those cases to lift the stay. Some are being granted, but 
| in other cases, more trouble brews.         



When Patents Threaten Science

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| Patents should not be used to protect laws of nature, products of
| nature, or mathematical formulas.


Sprint Nextel, Acacia unit settle patent suit

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| A subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corp. have settled a 
| lawsuit alleging that Sprint Nextel had infringed on patents for technology 
| used to display mobile vehicle information on maps.  


Top Ten Patent Trolls of 2007

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| 3. Acacia. I didn't start tracking Acacia carefully until the summer. But 
| still, on my blog I have reported on over two dozen lawsuits brought by 
| Acacia this year, against more than 235 defendants. That's in addition to the 
| over 200 lawsuits Acacia filed in previous years against hundreds and 
| hundreds of defendants. And that's not including the two lawsuits (at least) 
| Acacia has filed in December against 20 more defendants (yes, Acacia, I'm 
| watching you). Acacia's business model, as a publicly traded company, is to 
| accumulate patents and sue as many companies as possible in order to extract 
| licenses. They have a market cap of over 275 million - that pays for a lot of 
| lawsuits. Unlike other trolls, Acacia tends to not focus on one court in 
| particular, although they have sampled the Eastern District of Texas more 
| this year than in the past.           


Yahoo Patent Troll


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 â 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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| "There you have it. At least a third of SCO's entire market
| capitalization, and their entire current cash reserves, is payoffs
| funnelled from Microsoft. Their 10Qs reveal that every other line of
| cash inflow is statistical noise by comparison. The brave new
| SCO source business model is now clear: sue your customers, shill
| for Microsoft, kite your stock, and pray you stay out of jail."


Friday Patent Litigation News

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| Reader Anthony Sabatini of New York writes to tell me that the auto-text 
| patent asserted by Acacia subsidiary AutoText in Cleveland might be invalid 
| in light of the Control Data Corp CDC6600 console system developed two 
| decades earlier.   
| [...]
| Finally, IP Innovation and Technology Licensing Corp. -- in other words, 
| ACACIA -- filed a lawsuit in Marshall against Google, accusing Google's 
| search engine and Google Earth of infringing two patents. This is the same 
| Acacia sub that sued Red Hat and Novell over Linux, with the same lawyers - 
| Johnny Ward and Eric Albritton. But these are different patents. The patents 
| asserted against Google are 5,276,785 and 5,675,819, which Acacia got from 
| Xerox. Nice going, Xerox.      


Acacia and Niro File Another Multi-Defendant Lawsuit on JPEG-on-a-Website
Patent, Bringing Total to 16 Companies Sued

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| Assuming it files one per month for the next 39 months until the patent 
| expires, then what Acacia is really seeking is $600M from US industry for the 
| JPEG-on-a-website patent. My guess is theyâll sue many more companies than 
| that, and seek up to a billion dollars â which, assuming a 33% contingency 
| fee (which is low, probably), amounts to a cool $100 million per year for the 
| Niro firm.     
| And people wonder why heâd like to shut down websites critical of Acacia and 
| other patent trolls. The real question is what does he want from you and me, 
| for our photo blogs, our personal websites. His statements to IP Law 360 only 
| referred to companies.   
| The other real question is how many companies will spend millions in 
| attorneys fees to fight rather than pay the $500K or $1M or $2M that Acacia 
| is demanding. That's the sad state of patent litigation these days.  

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