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[News] Hypothetical Scenario of Linux Patent Litigation by Proxy

  • Subject: [News] Hypothetical Scenario of Linux Patent Litigation by Proxy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 11:54:11 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Altitude Capital Partners, Hiding Behind Multiple Shell Corporations, Sues
Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Others

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| Using multiple shells to hide the true parent seems to defeat the purpose of 
| the local and/or federal rules required to disclose corporate ownership. 
| Nobody seems to mind when it's a mega-troll trying to hide, but what if, oh, 
| Microsoft were to acquire some patents and hide them in a shell corporation, 
| Linuxsux, LLC. And then they set up a parent of Linuxsux, which is LSX, LLC. 
| Microsoft may own LSX, but in its FRCP 7.1 disclosure statement, it would 
| only need to reveal that plaintiff Linuxsux is owned by LSX, a Delaware 
| company with its principal place of business in Marshall, Texas. I bet there 
| would be somewhat of an uproar if Microsoft started suing Red Hat, Novell, 
| and other Linux users without revealing it was them. Not to mention it would 
| defeat the purpose of allowing the judiciary to be able to examine true 
| ownership for purposes of deciding whether to recuse.           



Yahoo Patent Troll


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different 
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild 
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as 
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from 
| universities in Asia."   


Playing Microsoft Patent Poker 

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| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people 
| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what 
| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent 
| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary 
| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against 
| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat.     
| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the 
| players.  


The Goldfarb Declaration - Updated: MS Statement

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| According to the Declaration, Richard Emerson was not the only
| Microsoft employee Goldfarb was dealing with in connection with the
| BayStar investment in SCO. He mentions by name two others, from two
| other departments.


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| "There you have it. At least a third of SCO's entire market
| capitalization, and their entire current cash reserves, is payoffs
| funnelled from Microsoft. Their 10Qs reveal that every other line of
| cash inflow is statistical noise by comparison. The brave new
| SCO source business model is now clear: sue your customers, shill
| for Microsoft, kite your stock, and pray you stay out of jail."


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