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[News] [Rival] A Microsoft Employee-Created Company Monopolises (with Software Patent) FOSS Analysis and Microsoft Joins Patent Racket RPX

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] A Microsoft Employee-Created Company Monopolises (with Software Patent) FOSS Analysis and Microsoft Joins Patent Racket RPX
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:47:11 +0000
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Black Duck patents OSS software license conflict analysis

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| Bradley Kuhn, the technology director of 
| the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) 
| expressed dismay this week after learning 
| that Black Duck Software was granted a 
| patent that covers software methods for 
| detecting and resolving open source 
| software licensing conflicts. Kuhn, who 
| plays a major role in the SFLC's GPL 
| enforcement efforts, contends that Black 
| Duck's patent is far from novel and 
| describes techniques that he has been using 
| for licensing compliance analysis for over 
| a decade.
| Black Duck was founded in 2002 with the aim 
| of providing automated solutions for 
| tracking the provenance of source code in 
| applications. The company's first product, 
| called Protex, reached the market at a time 
| when the software industry was being 
| confronted by emerging legislation and 
| high-profile litigation that raised 
| concerns about software licensing 
| practices. At the time, the ill-fated SCO 
| trial was just starting to heat up and 
| there were still unanswered questions about 
| whether the newly-passed Sarbanes-Oxley Act 
| would require more rigorous internal audits 
| of software licensing. Black Duck turned 
| the industry's fear over these issues into 
| a marketing tool and became one of the 
| leading vendors in the compliance 
| management market.


Webmap Technologies signs license agreement with Microsoft

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| Webmap Technologies, LLC has entered into a 
| license agreement with Microsoft 
| Corporation, a developer and licensor of 
| software solutions. Webmap Technologies is 
| a subsidiary of Acacia Research 
| Corporation, through its operating 
| subsidiaries, acquires, develops, licenses 
| and enforces patented technologies. All the 
| companies are based in the US. 


This is bull:

Microsoft joins network designed to counter 'patent trolls'

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| Microsoft Corp., a technology giant that 
| wins thousands of patents every year, has 
| joined RPX Corp., a start-up network aimed 
| at aggregating intellectual property to 
| shield its members from what are known as 
| "patent trolls."


RPX is a racket.

Software Majors Sign On to Patent Fund


Tech Giants' New Way to Thwart Patent Suits

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| Frustrated by litigation costs, Microsoft, 
| Sony, and Nokia are paying third-party 
| patent acquirers such as RPX to fend off 
| patent lawsuits


Dallas firms specialize in tricky, lucrative terrain of patent law

,----[ Quote ]
| That's what Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson 
| PC's Dallas office found in getting a 
| $511.6 million verdict against Microsoft 
| reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for 
| the Federal Circuit. Plaintiff Alcatel-
| Lucent initially sought $50 billion in 
| damages.
| The ruling ended a seven-year odyssey 
| featuring seven different cases and three 
| jury trials. One case hinged on the value 
| of a particular feature of Microsoft's 
| Outlook electronic mail program. Melsheimer 
| and his team convinced the appeals court 
| that the feature wasn't part of Outlook's 
| appeal to customers, hence no damages.


Tech Giants' New Plan To Fight Patent Trolls

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| Microsoft has signed up for "patent 
| insurance" with a startup called RPX, which 
| buys up patents that could be used against 
| its clients. Microsoft says this approach 
| can save the industry billions of dollars 
| by thwarting the industry's controversial 
| "patent trolls" and their litigation. But 
| how much can a firm like RPX do to prevent 
| litigation?


After phylogenetics Microsoft patents personal data mining 



Palamida: Rival snitched open-source database

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| A day later, Palamida cried foul. "After two days of intense investigation, 
| we have confirmed that most of our database has been copied directly--word 
| for word and misspelling for misspelling, with very few original additions to 
| our initial work," said Palamida spokeswoman Melisa LaBancz-Bleasdale, 
| pointing the "blatant plagiarism" finger at Black Duck.    

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