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Microsoft's Largest Patent Troll, Operating Through Shell Entities, Broadens Extortion Campaign in Eastern Texas



"One thing I find myself wondering about is whether we shouldn't try and make the "ACPI" extensions somehow Windows specific.

"It seems unfortunate if we do this work and get our partners to do the work and the results is that Linux works great without having to do the work.

"Maybe there is no way to avoid this problem but it does bother me.

"Maybe we could define the APIs so that they work well with NT and not the others even if they are open.

"Or maybe we could patent something related to this."

--Bill Gates



Summary: Microsoft insists there's a "truce" but it forbade its workers from speaking about it and patent "assertion" activities (extortion and litigation) carry on unabated through notorious Microsoft proxies, including one run by a close friend of Bill Gates -- all this while Microsoft is selling so-called 'protection' from them

THE USPTO had granted questionable patents aplenty for a number of decades prior to the famous reform of 2011 (AIA) and many of these patents continue to circulate at home (domestically) and abroad, both inside companies and across/outside companies (notably trolls whose intent is 'monetisation'). Nokia, for example, had its patents passed by Microsoft to a patent troll called MOSAID (renamed Conversant since) and OIN is powerless against those. Microsoft knows it and it's busy trying to sell 'protection' against those. It last did so earlier this month. It's known as "Azure IP Advantage" [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21].

"Microsoft is very much connected to all this through Intellectual Ventures, which gave Dominion Harbor the lion's share of its patents."Earlier this week we saw news about Avanci; it's a patent troll operating as as proxy [1, 2] and it got Nokia on board; at almost the same time and from the same site (among others) we learned about Dominion Harbor growing closer to Intellectual Ventures, which has literally thousands of shells associated with it. It had been been funded by Microsoft as a company and Bill Gates personally. It was originally founded by Gates' close friend, who rose up the ranks even further as some fellow managers left in recent years. Gates himself became increasingly involved, yet again, at Microsoft (according to very recent reports). Gates hates Linux. He called for a "Jihad" (his word) against it.

The Wednesday press release from Dallas (east Texas) says "Dominion Harbor Enterprises (DHE) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Intellectual Ventures (IV) to bring IV’s portfolio of high-value technology patents to select customers."

Dominion Harbor Enterprises is itself composed of many shell entities; it's trying to sort of hide itself and threaten companies through proxies of its own. We have already named some of these proxies. It's a shell game at 3 levels: Microsoft, Intellectual Ventures, and Dominion Harbor Enterprises. Much of the money supply, however, came from Microsoft.

It's not hard to see where Dominion Harbor Enterprises fits into this. Basically, it's doing the 'enforcement' (blackmail and lawsuits) in Texas where the courts and atmosphere are a lot more toxic. Microsoft is very much connected to all this through Intellectual Ventures, which gave Dominion Harbor the lion's share of its patents. We leave conclusions for readers to reach on their own.

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