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Benjamin Orndorff From Microsoft/Gates and Ellis Represents the CTPN Patents Cartel

Posted in Microsoft, Patents at 1:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: More evidence is suggesting that CTPN is just a proxy or a shell to Microsoft

EVERYBODY knows that Microsoft is having severe problems, so it is turning to software patents. Right now it avoids regulators by putting Novell’s patents in CPTN, which is run by the abusive monopolist that already sues Linux using software patents (e.g. TomTom case, Motorola).

Microsoft attempts to distance itself from this cartel by calling it something else and pretending that it’s independent [1, 2, 3]. Well, Microsoft’s Benjamin O Orndorff is listed there in the SEC filing about CPTN, alongside Ronald W. Hovsepian (thanks to Jan Wildeboer for the headsup). According to this page, Microsoft was “Incorporated by Benjamin O Orndorff” and others. Its key people are listed as:

Officers:

* Benjamin O Orndorff
* Bradford L Smith
* Brian Arbogast
* George Zinn
* Mary Broz
* Steven A Ballmer

I turns out that Orndorff was also an attorney at Preston Gates & Ellis. According to his LinkedIn page, he is Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation from August 2004 to present (6 years 6 months). Prior to this he was an Attorney at Preston Gates & Ellis (the firm of Bill Gates’ dad, which lobbies the United States government very aggressively). He worked there from June 1999 to August 2004 (5 years 3 months). Remember the role played by Preston Gates & Ellis in the SCO case (handling money from the lawsuit).

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