05.24.07

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Microsoft: No Patent Specifics, Because of Paper

Posted in Deception, FUD, Microsoft, Patents at 3:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft’s lies never cease to amaze. The company now blames paperwork for its reluctance to let the dogs out.

First you get everyone riled claiming open source and Linux infringe on your patents, then you won’t detail those patents. Why? The paperwork.

Yes, Microsoft cited administrative overhead for not detailing the 235 Microsoft patents its chief legal counsel recently told Forbes exist in Linux and open source.

Hasn’t the company produced over 6,000 pages of nasty technical documentation quite recently? Even SCO was able to file some legal documents over the years. It’s yet another excuse because FUD is more rewarding than a legal failure.

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  1. Shane Coyle said,

    May 24, 2007 at 10:35 am

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    This is similar to what they were saying around when the Novell deal was announced.

    Asked whether Microsoft would consider revealing what parts of Linux allegedly violated the company’s intellectual property so that open-source developers could throw out the offending code, Kaefer demurred, saying it would not be “very productive.”

    “Patents are hard to understand. You have to have a certain level of expertise to understand the scope. And there are legitimate questions about patent quality,” he said. “The reality is that you’d have to look at thousands of patents and thousands of products. To focus on every single one would be prohibitive.”

    I have argued that this absurd industry methodology is leading to the cartelization of the software industry, in which a substantial portfolio of legally spurious patents is the membership requirement.

    Novell, as a cartel member, has just as much to gain by locking out small competitors as Microsoft.

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