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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Loses Another Patent Case; Patent Terrorism Revisited

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Microsoft loses U.S. patent suit vs Alcatel-Lucent

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| Microsoft had accused Alcatel-Lucent of infringing four patents for software 
| in a system that integrates telephones with computers for calls, messages and 
| videoconferences.  


'PatentGate,' one year later: Microsoft against the open-source world

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| "Claiming you have IP that folks are infringing isn't the same thing as 
| proving it," wrote Pamela Jones, author of the open-source legal blog 
| Groklaw.net, in an e-mail. "I think they [Microsoft] are in a weaker position 
| *because* they did the [cross-licensing] deals. It makes them look needy, 
| like they can't make it any more without Linux."    
| "The [legal] threat [to open-source] is no greater" today than a year ago, 
| wrote Mark Radcliffe, a lawyer with DLA Piper's Silicon Valley office and the  
| general counsel of the Open Source Initiative, which oversees the approval of 
| open-source software licenses, in an e-mail.  
| Take Redmond's attempts to persuade vendors to sign cross-licensing deals 
| that include protection from potential open-source patent lawsuits by 
| Microsoft.  



Alcatel-Lucent to integrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Realtime

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| The collaboration supports Alcatel-Lucent's Dynamic Enterprise commitment to
| interconnecting people, networks, process and knowledge in a flexible, open
| environment while helping Red Hat expand its business.


Red Hat, Alcatel-Lucent join forces on unified comms

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| Alcatel-Lucent SME products include the OmniPCX Office line of IP PBX systems
| and the Extended Communication Server line of collaboration and
| unified-communications servers, all of which are based on Linux
| distributions.


Aternity Joins Red Hat ISV Partner Program

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| By joining the Red Hat ISV Partner Program and the Red Hat Ready Partner
| Program, Aternity will take advantage of the program's co-marketing and
| co-branding offerings to further its footprint among the global community of
| Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers.    


Alcatel-Lucent locks down laptops

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| Running an embedded Linux OS enables third parties to develop software to
|            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| utilise the capabilities of the PCMCIA card or to interoperate with the
| management gateway.  



Alcatel-Lucent 'Guardian' Locks Up Your Data  

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| The Guardian is a Linux-based notebook PC card loaded with security
| software that checks against a remote server to validate that the
| notebook hasn't been reported lost or stolen.
| [...]
| Skuler declined to comment on which particular vendor of version of
| Linux Alcatel-Lucent was running on the card other than to say it's
| from a major Linux vendor.


Alcatel-Lucent says $1.5 billion not enough from Microsoft

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| Alcatel-Lucent said in a court filing that $1.5 billion is not
| enough to properly compensate it for Microsoft Corp.'s infringement
| of two digital audio patents.


Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and 
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local 
| executive for Sun Microsystems.  


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free 
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.


Microsoft's American Proxy Patent War Continues

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| PJ & Company astutely make the connection that behind "IP Innovation LLC" is 
| a group called Acacia which is staffed by senior Microsoft agents, including 
| Jonathan Taub, a Microsoft Hero & Key Achiever.  


Competition by Proxy

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| Google's pending acquisition of doubleclick "will be bad for consumers" 
| because it threatens competition and privacy. So said Microsoft's general 
| counsel during a recent Senate subcommittee hearing ( Click here for more). 
| Nice of the software giant to take up the cudgel for the little guy. But 
| Microsoft has a big stake in blocking the deal--considering that it's losing 
| the war to Google over billions of dollars in Internet advertising.     


Opinion: behind the Acacia suit

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| It's a neat structure. Pump money into Acacia so it can attack Red Hat, and 
| at the same time prove to the world how strong the Microsoft patent shield 
| really is against those naughty, naughty trolls.  
| If this works with Acacia, perhaps we can expect a scaled-up attack by 
| Intellectual Ventures on Linux users like Google and IBM. 


Is Acacia link with Microsoft just smoke?

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| Is all this smoke just coincidence? It may well be. But the smoke gets 
| thicker by the day.  


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.  


Clubbing baby Linux penguins

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| So when Microsoft says it respects other people's intellectual 
| property, what everyone is thinking is, That's not true. Microsoft
| doesn't respect the GPL, and that's other people's property. 
| Microsoft is just trying to kill off a competitor. Again.
| Even Sys-con even got it right this time, or at least the 
| headline: Microsoft Spits in GPL Creator Richard Stallman's Eye.


Doing the Microsoft patent dance

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| And please, Novell and Xandros, don't whine that Microsoft pulled a 
| fast one on you, and reiterate that open source is clean. No one 
| needed you to tell them that. Innocent until proven guilty in 
| this country. And especially in light of all the evidence that 
| points against such claims.


A Patent Lie

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| Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his 
| senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, "If people had understood how 
| patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, 
| and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete 
| standstill today." Mr. Gates worried that "some large company will 
| patent some obvious thing" and use the patent to "take as much of 
| our profits as they want."

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