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[News] Microsoft Happy About Subverting âDigital Agenda for Europeâ With Its Lobbyists, Threatens Android

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Happy About Subverting âDigital Agenda for Europeâ With Its Lobbyists, Threatens Android
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 06:31:50 +0100
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Microsoft Welcomes the âDigital Agenda for Europeâ

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| Microsoft welcomes the âDigital Agenda for 
| Europe,â announced earlier this week by 
| European Commission Vice-President for the 
| Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, as a bold 
| roadmap for action. We share the 
| Commissionâs view that technology is an 
| enabler for economic growth, job creation, 
| sustainability and social inclusion. As a 
| company, we are fully committed to working 
| with the European Commission and 
| governments to realize the potential of 
| Europe's digital future.


HTC, Microsoft wade deeper into patent thickets

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| (Update, 2:25 p.m. A Microsoft publicist 
| provided a link to a March blog post by 
| company vice president and deputy general 
| counsel Horacio Gutierrez that essentially 
| says that Apple's suit is for everybody's 
| own good: "The smartphone market is still 
| in a nascent state; much innovation still 
| lies ahead in this field. In all nascent 
| technology markets, there is a period 
| early where IP rights will be sorted out." 
| Later on in the post, Gutierrez opines 
| that "Open innovation is only possible 
| through the licensing of third party IP 
| rights," which makes me wonder what he 
| thinks of the open, innovative and patent-
| free World Wide Web.)


Microsoft Deal With HTC Could Slow Android's Adoption


Steve Ballmer: Vista Was "Not Executed Well"; "There's Nothing Free About Android"

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| When asked about Android giving away 
| Android for free versus Microsoft, which 
| charges smart phone carriers, Ballmer took 
| issue with that assessment, stating, "And 
| there's nothing free about Android.  I 
| mean at the end of the day as we certainly 
| have asserted in a number of cases you 
| know there's an intellectual property 
| royalty due on that.  Whether they happen 
| to charge for their software or not is 
| their business decision."


McKool Smith Earns National Litigation Ranking

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| In naming McKool Smith as the top patent 
| litigation firm in the southern U.S., the 
| editors of MIP said the firm had 
| "distinguished itself litigating patent 
| infringement cases for companies like i4i 
| and VirnetX Holdings. It has scored a 
| number of wins against Microsoft, totaling 
| nearly $400 million."


Petitions to Watch | Conference of 5.20.10

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| Title: Microsoft v. Lucent Technologies
| Docket: 09-1006
| Issues: (1) Whether a jury verdict of 
| patent infringement can stand when it is 
| supported only by speculative evidence and 
| lawyer argument, or whether the standards 
| for entry of judgment as a matter of law 
| that apply in all other federal cases 
| should apply equally in patent cases; and 
| (2) whether a new trial is required in a 
| patent infringement case, as in all other 
| cases, when the verdict is found to be 
| contrary to the weight of the evidence.
|     * Opinion below (Federal Circuit)
|     * Petition for certiorari
|     * Brief in opposition
|     * Petitionerâs reply

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