EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.09.08

Microsoft Lobbyists Are Again Hijacking Voices, Fighting for Software Patents

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 12:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A year ago we saw how Microsoft essentially hijacks the voice of Novell customers and then uses it to spread Linux FUD. Not much has changed since then. The company continues to misrepresent businesses for its own selfish benefit.

Digital Majority spotted this bit.

Slovenia, France build pressure for Community Patent

[...]

“This is a long-awaited step in the right direction. We applaud the Member States’ decision to push for a Community Patent,” said Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology, which represents small and medium size companies in the EU.

Who is it again that parises weak/software patents on behalf of small European businesses? ACT?

ACT is a Microsoft lobbying arm which fights the EU’s decisions on Microsoft antitrust [1]. It also fights against ODF, fights for software patents (along with the BSA [2]), flings mud at the GNU GPL and attacks just about everything else that poses risk to Microsoft’s illegal monopoly. Recently we mentioned this following article as a timely example. Just to repeat the relevant bits again very quickly:

Reactions to the BRM have been mixed. Jonathan Zuck of the Association for Competitive Technology, which counts Microsoft as a member and issued a statement in support of the standard, said that OOXML is just as deserving as ODF of standardisation, as “only OOXML offers full fidelity for storage of existing documents” from prior versions of word-processing software.

___
[1] Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict

Microsoft may have lost in court, but it quickly tried to win the war of media reaction via organisations like CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association and ACT (the Association for Competitive Technology) which both intervened in court on its side.

[2] Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.

Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry.

[...]

The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report. But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the report in any way

[...]

Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community, said that he found the report useless: participants were told that all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.

Don’t let paid lobbying arms get away with disinformation. They should at least be exposed, then named and shamed.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. More Threats From Elodie Bergot: The EPO is Back in a State of Disarray and That Authoritarian Atmosphere of Fear

    ‘Under the radar’ — so to speak — there have been further assaults and obvious deterioration at the EPO, where staff is being muzzled while robbed by people who gamble the EPO's money away



  2. Campinos Uses Donald Trump Associates to Attack the EPO's Staff Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (Whilst Also Threatening Staff Representatives)

    Mr. Blowhard “Breitbart” runs or does the EPO’s finances now; it doesn’t seem to bother EPO management that they’re relying on fraud — in fact, as one might suggest that this is exactly what they’re after (faking financial performance to implement unnecessary cuts)



  3. EPO Staff Union (SUEPO): “We Are Back to Battistelli's Times”

    The EPO‘s management continues its reckless and shameless attack on staff, based on complete lies and fabrications, even at times of uncertainty and stress



  4. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, April 09, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, April 09, 2020



  5. Links 9/4/2020: Qt and Free Software Contention, ReactOS 0.4.1, Jitsi Meet

    Links for the day



  6. The Fall of the UPC - Part XVII: Bardehle Pagenberg in 'Corona Zombie' Mode

    Gymnastics in logic and outright lies told by Bardehle Pagenberg, which spent endless time and money trying to pass the UPC(A) for its patent-trolling clients



  7. The Fall of the UPC - Part XVI: What's Reality Got to Do With It? Ask Hogan Lovells.

    Hogan Lovells, whose Counsel is Winfried Tilmann, wants us to think that UPC is dead only for formal reasons or that it's not really dead because they just need to vote again; reality, however, is far more complicated, but lawyers gonna lie...



  8. The Fall of the UPC - Part XV: A Three-Week Parade of Lies From Team UPC and Its Media Collaborators

    Team UPC continues to shamelessly lie about the fate of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA); we've studied all the responses we were able to find and we'll tackle them one by one (or firm by firm)



  9. Coronavirus Has Not Slowed Down the EPO's Promotion of Illegal Software Patents

    Using the latest buzzwords and weasel words (digital, games, videogames, digitalisation etc.) the EPO continues to invite bogus patents/applications and boasts about granting a lot more of them



  10. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, April 08, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, April 08, 2020



  11. Links 8/4/2020: Tails 4.5, Septor 2020.2, GNOME Money Awards and Mozilla's New CEO

    Links for the day



  12. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, April 07, 2020



  13. GitHug - A Guest Article by Thomas Grzybowski

    "Now, if Azure revenue has increased 72%, but the gross revenue in this category has only increased 25%, that means that the other components, primary GitHub, are actually a substantial negative."



  14. Links 7/4/2020: Firefox 75, Python 2.7.1 RC1

    Links for the day



  15. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIV: Media Owned and Controlled by Law Firms Did Not Properly Cover the Decision of the German Constitutional Court (FCC)

    We take another look at the shallow if not deliberately misleading coverage in sites that are literally owned and run by law firms, for the benefit of law firms rather than informing the public



  16. The Media Paints Bill Gates as the Man Who Will Save the World While Seattle's Police Department Obstructs Access to Documents About Pedophilia Arrest at His Home

    We're still unable to receive even one single page of the police report about arrest for pedophilia at the home of Bill and Melinda Gates; the media says nothing about this and instead it paints Gates as a national or international hero



  17. IRC Proceedings: Monday, April 06, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, April 06, 2020



  18. Software Patents Remain Junk Patents in the United States (Not Enforceable), Whereas the EPO Keeps Granting Them and Promoting Them

    We take note of the positive outcomes in the US, where courts continue to reject software patents, but in Europe the largest patent office, which sought to replace all the courts, still acts as if patent law does not exist and patents can be endlessly printed irrespective of their merit (or validity as judged by actual courts)



  19. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIII: A Death Worth Celebrating and Many Lies Worth Debunking

    We take stock of positive responses to the decision made by the German constitutional court (FCC) 2.5 weeks ago; we also explain why it has taken so long to piece together firm-by-firm scoresheet for UPC lies



  20. GitHub is Moving the Free Software Movement Into “Check”

    GitHub's growing levels of control over Free software projects (GitHub itself is proprietary and Microsoft-controlled) ought to alarm the community; it's a lot worse than most people care to acknowledge, based on weeks of detailed analysis of GNU/Linux distros



  21. Links 6/4/2020: New Red Hat CEO, elementary OS Hera Updates

    Links for the day



  22. When the Decision is OK and the Judge's Motivations Are Also OK

    Justice Huber made the right call; but the bullies and charlatans who conspired to undermine laws and constitutions will never be satisfied



  23. The Fall of the UPC - Part XII: Doing the Unthinkable by Blaming the Judge's (Justice's) Wife?

    Team UPC and its media partners never cease to amaze us; anybody who stands in their way is either portrayed as a Russian stooge or too ignorant to be worth talking to



  24. The Fall of the UPC - Part XI: Lies Told by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) in Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Today we look at misleading claims (or lies) published by Süddeutsche Zeitung after the Germans' constitutional court (FCC) had pointed out the obvious, namely that UPC ratification would be in violation of the German constitution



  25. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, April 05, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, April 05, 2020



  26. Links 5/4/2020: MindSpore, Covid-19 Projects and More

    Links for the day



  27. EPO is Just Like Some Cruel Political Party and Not a Patent Office

    The "cabal" which runs today's EPO (even the word "Mafia" seems suitable here) isn't acting -- not even remotely -- like a patent office; it's a patent-printing operation ("protection money" as income) that uses shallow political stunts to manufacture consent with the EU's 'generous' assistance



  28. Digitalisation and Digital Technologies as a Ploy to Justify Illegal Software Patents

    Say "hello" to the next weasel word/s; from the "hey hi" hype wave we've now moved to something "digital" (which can mean just about anything, including algorithms of all sorts)



  29. The Fall of the UPC - Part X: How We Shall Catalogue UPC Lies

    The cult that Team UPC became (one member lying to another member, maintaining a false version of reality) will be judged based on underlying facts, not lying about facts; we start with a token of contempt for IP Kat and Bristows LLP (there are overlaps)



  30. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, April 04, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, April 04, 2020


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts