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[News] Boies is Going to Go After Microsoft for Patent Aggression

  • Subject: [News] Boies is Going to Go After Microsoft for Patent Aggression
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 15:52:03 +0100
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Get 'em, Boies: Salesforce countersues Microsoft

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| Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff says 
| Microsoft is a patent troll. Looks like it 
| takes one to know one. On Thursday, the 
| company answered Microsoft's charges of 
| patent infringement with patent-
| infringement charges of its own. 


Salesforce hits back in Microsoft patent case

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| Microsoft has in recent years stepped up 
| efforts to make deals to expand and protect 
| its patent portfolio. The company has had a 
| long-running patent sharing deal with Novell 
| along with other vendors such as LCD builder 
| Funai and printer vendor Brother. 


Novell sold out. It's Novell that came to Microsoft.

Rising IT spending helps IBM refocus on hardware

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| Last year, IBM teamed with Amazon Web 
| Services to provide pay-as-you-go access to 
| its database servers, Lotus and Websphere 
| middleware, running on Novell SUSE Linux.



Salesforce.com Sues Microsoft Over Cloud Software

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| Salesforce.com Inc. filed a patent-
| infringement lawsuit today against
| Microsoft Corp., escalating a fight between
| the two companies over the growing market
| for cloud-computing software.


The Sword


Pot (M$) Calls Kettle (SalesForce) Black


PDF of the complaint:


Salesforce.comâs Marc Benioff: Microsoft spat is âthe greatest thing thatâs ever happenedâ

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| Microsoftâs lawsuit against his company
| hasnât cowed Salesforce.com chief executive
| Marc Benioff, judging from his on-stage
| remarks today.
| Benioff spoke in San Jose, Calif. at a
| launch event for Chatter, the companyâs
| new social networking application for
| businesses. During that speech, he
| repeatedly took swipes at Microsoft, noting
| for example that there were Microsoft
| representatives handing out fliers outside
| the event. (On the other hand, Salesforce
| representatives are a familiar sight
| outside Microsoft events.)


Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff Calls Microsoft 'Alley Thugs'


Microsoft's Salesforce.com Lawsuit Overshadows Hotmail Update


Microsoft And Salesforce.Com In A Patent Infringement Case


Over lawsuit, Salesforce CEO calls Microsoft 'patent trolls'

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| Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff didn't hold
| much back Thursday when, during the
| company's Q1 FY2011 earnings call, someone
| asked him about Microsoft's new lawsuit
| against the cloud-computing leader. He went
| right out and said it, calling Microsoft
| "patent trolls."


Is Microsoft A Patent Troll?

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| So at least by the elements of that
| definition, Microsoft doesn't meet the
| patent troll definition at all. The patents
| that Microsoft is litigating aren't ones
| that it has purchased, but ones that were
| filed based on the research of their own
| employees. Some of those patents are ones
| that are already being used in Microsoft
| products, and others are at at least
| potentially usable in future products. For
| the time being, patent royalties are a
| small part of Microsoft's revenues. And
| finally, Microsoft is going after companies
| that are in its own technology back yard.
| Far from being a patent troller themselves,
| Microsoft has been a patent-troll victim,
| losing several lawsuits that have cost
| hundreds of millions of dollars. Still,
| there's no doubt that Microsoft has
| increasingly gone after competitors that it
| believes are using its patented ideas. Just
| last month, phone-maker HTC cut a deal to
| license patents that Microsoft said were
| being used by HTC handsets.


Microsoft's Ballmer: 'Nothing Free About Android'


Will Google Buy Salesforce Next?


The end of Microsoft. A door opens to a new cloud.

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| I have been waiting for something
| spectacular to happen any day. And itâs not
| the explosion of another volcano in
| Iceland, but it will be a global event with
| far reaching ramifications that will be as
| well known. Appleâs market capitalization
| is about to be worth more than Microsoft's.
| That is quite a change from a decade ago.


Microsoft--down but by no means out

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| After all, this is the company that went
| from calling open-source software "un-
| American" to embracing it on a large scale.
| It's also the company that killed Blackbird
| when it proved to be a dead-end and
| recently RIP'd its Courier tablet.
| Microsoft is also the company that has
| dumped several iterations of its mobile
| Windows to experiment with two iterations
| of a new mobile strategy: Kin and Windows
| Phone 7. The two will likely converge over
| time, but Microsoft is placing multiple
| bets.


I Sense a Weakness in the Force

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| All the OEMs have a toe in the water of
| GNU/Linux. That is why M$ cannot raise its
| prices even though they have spent hundreds
| of millions promoting up-selling and
| killing the netbook. The netbook is poised
| to re-emerge with ARM and unencumbered by
| that other OS. Another reason why M$ cannot
| raise prices is because hundreds of
| millions of XP machines are still in use.
| Owners will undergo hundreds of dollars
| each to replace these machines. $150 or so
| for that other OS would be conspicuous
| compared to other options.
| The monopoly is a house of cards about to
| crash down. It is crumbling slowly at the
| moment but any shift in its foundations
| will cause an avalanche. This is over and
| above the cloud-immobility issue. There is
| no monopoly in the cloud. People know what
| happened with M$ having a desktop monopoly.
| They will not be fooled again.


The Next Battle Against Microsoft

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| Recently I was with Craig Mundie, an
| executive at Microsoft, and I said: "Craig,
| how many servers and data centers do you
| think that our customers would need to set
| up if we didn't exist as a company?" I was
| talking about doing just basic customer
| information or building complex apps. He
| said: "More than 100,000."


Benioff on Microsoft Mobile: 'They're Nowhere'

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| Seattle Times Biz-Tech reporter Sharon Chan
| recently caught Salesforce.com CEO Marc
| Benioffâs session and found him ârolling with
| a Microsoft (News - Alert) rant.â
| As usual, Benioff had opinions and wasnât shy
| about expressing them. âIn the world of
| mobile, which is only behind socialâ in
| importance, Benioff said, Microsoft âare
| nowhere.â


Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft

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| I think Microsoft is still a dinosaur. More than ever, it tries to hold onto
| its monopolistic position around technology that they hold, whether it's SQL
| Server, whether it's NT, whether it's Windows, whether it's Office--these are
| their cash cows they don't want slaughtered.


Marc Benioff taunts the awakened dinosaurs

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| Following is part of the exchange, where I asked Benioff for his thoughts on
| Microsoft. He has called Microsoft a dinosaur, incapable of innovation, and a
| monopolist.

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