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[News] Amazon Still Corrupts the Non-existent Integrity of USPTO While Microsoft Signs Another Racket Deal

  • Subject: [News] Amazon Still Corrupts the Non-existent Integrity of USPTO While Microsoft Signs Another Racket Deal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:43:53 +0000
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How Hard Is It To Realize That One-Click Buying Doesn't Deserve A Patent?

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| Amazon and Jeff Bezos (who a decade ago was 
| a founder of a project to bust bogus 
| patents) have aggressively fought to keep 
| the patent alive. And so we've now entered 
| the fifth year of the review process, which 
| seems to involve some rather annoyed USPTO 
| patent examiners, who are fed up with what 
| appears to be Amazon simply dumping 
| busywork on the examiners to avoid a final 
| rejection of the patent.


Microsoft adds Panasonic to its exFAT licensee list

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| Microsoft has made a second intellectual 
| property (IP) licensing announcement this 
| week. After announcing a cross-licensing 
| deal with Amazon.com (which had lots of NDA 
| stipulations), Microsoft revealed on 
| February 25 it had struck a deal with 
| Panasonic for its exFAT technology.
| [...]
| Maybe Amazon was just licensing exFAT/FAT, 
| some argued. Sure, maybe Amazon licensed 
| those technologies too; itâs impossible to 
| tell, given what Microsoft disclosed and 
| Amazon refused (or was not allowed) to 
| discuss. But as I mentioned to some 
| readers, when Microsoft is simply licensing 
| exFAT/FAT, it calls that out specifically 
| in the release, even if the licensee isnât 
| talking about how/what they plan to do with 
| the technology.
| In Amazonâs case, Microsoft called out the 
| fact Amazon is using open-source technology 
| (Linux, specifically) in the Kindle and on 
| its back-end servers. Some open-source 
| backers said they believed Microsoft did 
| this to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt 
| (FUD) to hurt Linux.


Questions for Microsoft 

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| You can imagine my laughter when Microsoft 
| was declared by the courts to have violated 
| a patent in their OOXML file formats. The 
| patent owners, i4i of Canada, asked the 
| courts to have Microsoft remove the 
| features that were found to be in violation 
| of i4i's patents.
| Now, what about all the customers that 
| chose to use Microsoft's Office product 
| just to get the OOXML feature? If they 
| suffer loss because of this Microsoft 
| compensate them? What about the documents 
| they created with OOXML, will they have to 
| be converted? What about the people that 
| refuse to let Microsoft remove the patent 
| violating code to protect their investments 
| and documents? Could i4i sue them?



Amazon Refuses To Give In; Appeals One-Click Patent Rejection In Canada


Amazon appeals rejection of its "One Click" patent

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