06.01.15

Gemini version available ♊︎

Sharp Drop in Microsoft Patents, But Not in Patent Assaults, Coordinated Attacks on Android/Linux, and Googlebombing

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 7:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A failed or losing strategy after all? Investors sure think so.

SCOTUS Old Senate

The Old Senate Chamber during the US Supreme Court’s residency

Summary: Using patent blackmail (antithetical to the original goal of patents) and other forms of blackmail, Microsoft is desperately trying to crush GNU/Linux and Android, all while Windows ‘sales’ fall and investors lose confidence

“Issued US Patents Down 11% for Microsoft in 2015 Compared to 2014,” wrote Patent Buddy. “705 Patents Down 49% for Microsoft in 2015 Compared to 2014″ (depending on how it’s measured). It is often said that empires collapse and ultimately end sorely defeated when they over-militarise (like with patents) and then implode. Microsoft is apparently imploding right now.

This is not surprising to us. Microsoft still attacks Android with patents, but right now it uses them for leverage, by means of extortion or SLAPP (an effort not to actually take the blackmailed party to court, as it makes Microsoft look bad and can invalidate the patents). Will it work out at the end? Well, we doubt it, but Cyanogen, the latest embrace extend and extinguish manoeuvre by Microsoft, does pose a threat. Using Cyanogen as a proxy is not competing, it is disrupting nefariously.

“Using Cyanogen as a proxy is not competing, it is disrupting nefariously.”Investors’ press is not very impressed. One site asked a couple of days ago: “Can Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Truly Take Away “Open Source” Android From The Market?”

Here is a portion of this analysis:

The other question which arises is, will Microsoft be able to drive the open source operating system away from Google’s perceived dominance? The answer is quite simply no, since without Google services, Android will not prove to be an efficient operating system. There will be a whole suite of Microsoft applications which will considerably fill the gap, but will users be content with Microsoft’s app store? The Google Play Store forms the crux of the argument, as it is the main reason why Android is currently thriving. Microsoft will not be able to uphold Android, thereby removing any prevailing beliefs that it will take away the openness of Android.

Currently, Android is by far the most popular operating system. However, there are some who do not like Google and its services. However, this does not take away the fact that the majority trust and support Google’s presence on the Android front.

Moreover, making Android an even more dominant platform is basically digging Windows’ grave (Microsoft does the digging).

Investors’ press insists “Office for Android Won’t Save MSFT” (Microsoft’s biggest cash cow), neglecting to mention that patent pressure is how Microsoft hopes to convince companies to bundle it (possibly free of charge, i.e. no short-term profit, just lock-in). Here is how the press puts it: “In an effort to remain relevant in the mobile space, MSFT announced earlier this week that it has reached an agreement with 31 Android original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners to preinstall Microsoft Office on a host of current and future tablets. The idea is to expose a larger number of mobile users to the apps than what would be possible with sales of MSFT devices alone.”

This number, 31, is actually nonsense for reasons we named here before. Only 4 of these actually count for something and the reason they cooperated with Microsoft is bribes or extortion (if not both). There is evidence to show this in the leading technology press from Taiwan. Microsoft is now using patents or threat of lawsuits, patent tax etc. as an instrument of coercion, just like the Mafia does. As Mark Shuttleworth once put it: “That’s extortion and we should call it what it is. To say, as Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet liability, that’s just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that game.” On another occasion Shuttleworth made a Mafia comparison: “It’s an unsafe neighbourhood, why don’t you pay me 20 bucks and I’ll make sure you’re okay” (i.e. not sue by Microsoft).

“that’s illegal,” Shuttleworth insisted. “It’s racketeering.” Ironically, Shuttleworth is now helping Microsoft in several areas.

The investors’ press curiously took note of Microsoft’s blackmail tactics (curiously because the investment community is typically apathetic towards such behaviour, except when the public finds out). This is a matter which we covered here a week or more ago. This does not impress investors (or potential investors), who write that “Open source software is a different type of software. The developers of these platforms, for example Linux etc do not charge users when they use the software. The community of developers will update the software with advanced features bi-annually or quarterly. The issue is that these platforms also do the same kind of work that, say, Windows software is able to do. Hence, more and more users are switching to open source platforms. Therefore, the demand for paid software such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is increasingly on the decline.”

Microsoft cannot compete with Free software. It constantly attacks it, as we saw recently in India (Microsoft lobbying even by proxy). Microsoft cannot and will not become/embrace Free/Open Source software either, unless it is connected to proprietary software from Microsoft. Watch this new example where a Microsoft-connected site is openwashing proprietary software from Microsoft (the bloated and expensive Microsoft Dynamics), essentially googlebombing to achieve the intended effect (googlebombing by Microsoft is now a regular strategy).

A reader alerted us about this Microsoft advertisement in IT Wire (looks like an article), associating Microsoft’s proprietary software with volunteering efforts. Marine Rescue staff are wasting money (giving it to Microsoft) while people who volunteer give their time away and become ‘addicted’ to (or dependent on) Microsoft lock-in. They are broadcasting their own technical incompetence (the ‘cloud’ hype and proprietary software), but hey, it helps make the Australian government more locked in (to Microsoft). Less dependence on blackmailing of politicians, rights?

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. EPO Has No F-ing Oversight

    Earlier today SUEPO mentioned this new article demonstrating that EPO President António Campinos can very obviously and blatantly violate the Code of Conduct of the Office without facing any consequences; there are translations too, so the report is now available in four languages



  2. [Meme] Linux-Rejecting Foundation

    The Linux Foundation never really leads by example; by default, it uses proprietary software



  3. Linux Foundation Almost Never uses Open Source

    The Linux Foundation uses proprietary software (look where they hire and take money from) and be sure they're probably not even aware of it



  4. Links 17/05/2022: Many More Games on GNU/Linux, YaST Development Report

    Links for the day



  5. Links 17/05/2022: Rocky Linux 8.6 and Budgie Desktop in Fedora

    Links for the day



  6. Patent Examiners Rising Up Against EPO Abuse

    Unhappy with the law-breaking autocracy (the EPO‘s management breaks the law as a matter of routine), fast-deteriorating working conditions and rapidly-decreasing quality of work (or lack of compliance with the law), workers have escalated further, topping off strikes and industrial actions with a large-scale petition



  7. [Meme] What Managers (Really) Mean by Acting Professionally

    The myth of 'professionalism' needs to die along with the façade of conformity as prerequisite for employment (Linus Torvalds can work just fine in a bathrobe in his own home)



  8. Internal Poll: 93% of European Patent Office (EPO) Workers Are Unhappy With the EPO

    On top of strike/s and industrial action/s there are now also petitions; at the EPO, almost all staff is "disgruntled" because of utterly corrupt and defunct leadership



  9. Links 17/05/2022: OpenSUSE Leap 15.4 Release Candidate

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, May 16, 2022



  11. Links 16/05/2022: FreeBSD 13.1 and Inkscape 1.2 Released

    Links for the day



  12. Archiving Latest Posts in Geminispace (Like a Dated Web Directory But for Gemini)

    Earlier today we saw several more people crossing over from the World Wide Web to Gemini; we're trying to make a decent aggregator and archive for the rapidly-expanding Geminispace, which will soon have 2,500 capsules that are known to Lupa alone



  13. Microsoft Vidal Does Not Want to Listen (USPTO is Just for Megacorporations)

    Microsoft Vidal knows her real bosses. They’re international corporations (multinationals like Microsoft), not American people.



  14. Links 16/05/2022: China Advances on GNU/Linux and Maui 2.1.2 is Out

    Links for the day



  15. Jim Zemlin: Chief Revenue Officer in 'Linux' Seat-Selling Foundation

    Board seats in the Linux Foundation are basically a product on sale, based internal documents



  16. Reminder: Linux Foundation's Last IRS Filing is Very Old (Same Year the CFO Left)

    People really need to ask the Linux Foundation, directly, why its filings are years behind; this seems like a sensitive subject



  17. Linux Foundation Does Not Speak for GNU/Linux Users

    There's a serious problem in the "Linux" world as the so-called 'Linux' Foundation claims to speak for us (the GNU/Linux community) while in fact speaking against us (on the payroll of those looking to extinguish us)



  18. IBM's Lennart Poettering on Breaking Software for Pseudo Novelty

    Recently-uploaded ELCE 2011 clip shows a panel with Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, Thomas Gleixner, Paul McKenney, and Lennart Poettering (relevant to novelty or perceived novelty that mostly degrades the experience of longtime users, e.g. Wayland and systemd)



  19. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, May 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, May 15, 2022



  20. Links 15/05/2022: Linux 5.18 RC7 and Calls for More Mass Surveillance

    Links for the day



  21. Audio: Mark Shuttleworth Marketed to Young Males, With Sexy Pictures

    The Web is rotting away, old links become broken links within months or years, so I’ve decided to encode a 3-minute segment of the whole as Ogg



  22. What a Difference Half a Decade Makes (When Linux Foundation is 'Having Fun')

    Media shaming campaigns may have taken their toll on the founder of Linux, who is now bossed by someone who rejects Linux and is married to a Microsoft booster. Like Richard Stallman under FSF guidance (and conditions for return, mostly for fear of further media assaults and attack dogs), he has become a more publicity-shy and private person. The Linux Foundation has in effect reduced the founder of what it’s called after (Linux) into a weekly release manager and mascot, whose brand it is gradually diluting/cheapening.



  23. Links 15/05/2022: GNU libiconv 1.17

    Links for the day



  24. [Meme] Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) Cannot Be Reconciled With the Law

    Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC)? Impossible. But Team UPC counts on an endless torrent of fake news managing to convince you (and more importantly politicians) otherwise.



  25. Even Team Battistelli is Sometimes Admitting -- Out in Public! -- That Unified Patent Court (UPC) is Neither Legal Nor Desirable

    Daniel X. Thomas and other people who are “too old to punish” (consequences to their career profoundly minimised owing to seniority) are among those who push back against the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court (UPC); any sane person — not a career-climbing litigation zealot — can identify the pertinent facts and realise that what’s going on here is an injustice of unprecedented proportions in the patent discipline



  26. [Meme] Common Sense at EPO

    The European examiners who deal with patents prefer a system that works for science, for Europe, not for foreign megacorporations that amass millions of low-quality patents and weaponise these to discourage competition



  27. Patent Granting at the EPO Has Collapsed by 24% Owing to Much-Needed Industrial Action

    Seeing that the EPO’s management routinely violates the law and even the very legal basis of the EPO’s existence (it is a monopoly in Europe; no body has the authority to compete against it), the EPO’s examiners have embarked on a ‘Work-to-Rule’ campaign — working in compliance with the rules as defined 49 years ago and revised over the decades — and the European Patent Convention (EPC) takes priority over unlawful demands from middle and upper management; this is proving highly effective so far and it will carry on until demands are met, i.e. until the law is obeyed and staff is treated with respect/dignity



  28. [Meme] Milan is a Suburb in London

    As long as Italy is not the UK and London means London “proper” (not the French town called London) the UPCA is invalid and no matter how much Team UPC (and its puppets in EPO management) may plead, this whole system is bound to implode



  29. The Latest Propaganda Tactics of Team UPC: Pretending Unified Patent Court Already Exists and Unitary Patents Are Default When If Fact None Even Exists

    8 years ago Benoît Battistelli said that the UPC was imminent; now, after 4 years of António Campinos, it’s still not here and Team UPC speculators say it won’t happen this year, either; just like the EPO constantly lies (both to the public and to its very own staff) Team UPC continues to lie to itself (self-delusion) and to us; both also routinely break the law, engage in deliberate violations of longstanding conventions, and scrap constitutions, which in turn becomes a breaking point for the EU’s credibility and the legal profession



  30. Links 15/05/2022: More Azure Shutdowns and Windows Security Blunders Aplenty

    Links for the day


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