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[News] Microsoft Ripped by Software Patent

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Defeating Microsoft in patent case, Uniloc looks to future

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| A small security company that won a $388 million judgment against Microsoft 
| after accusing the company of patent infringement has big plans for the 
| future.  
| 
| Uniloc, with U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif., prevents software piracy by 
| creating a unique device fingerprint that can distinguish the computer in 
| your hands from any other computer ever built. Vendors that want to prevent 
| unauthorized use of software tie their product activation processes to 
| Uniloc's patented method of identifying a device.    
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http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9132801&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top


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IBM tries to patent offshoring

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| Two years ago, red-faced IBM executives ordered a patent application on
| offshoring jobs to be withdrawn. Last week it returned, more sophisticated
| than ever. The latest application, describes how to weigh various
| constraints, such as lack of a skilled workforce, against incentives such as
| tax breaks.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/30/ibm_offshore_patent/


Chocolate coins for EPO cash cow

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| Examiners of the European Patent Office have recently invaded one of the
| secret meetings of the Administrative Council with chocolate coins, pointing
| to the conflict of interests between the National Patent Offices (NPOs) and
| their appetite of "more patents, more money".
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http://stopsoftwarepatents.org/forum/t-105735/chocolate-coins-for-epo-corruption
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