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Re: Microsoft's Former CTO is Attacking the US Industry With Software Patents

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____/ 7 on Saturday 23 Jul 2011 13:48 : \____

> Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>>> The responsibilities of ownership
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| But people at companies that have been approached by Intellectual
>>>| Ventures don't want to talk publicly.
>>>| "There is a lot of fear about Intellectual Ventures," says Chris Sacca,
>>>| a venture capitalist who was an early investor in Twitter, among other
>>>| companies. "You don't want to make yourself a target."
>>>| Sacca wouldn't say if Intellectual Ventures had been in contact with any
>>>| of the companies he's invested in.
>> Jeezuzz, it's like dealing with The Mob.
> The patent office has become the God Father of patent trolls
> facilitating every known patent troll operation on US soil.

US citizens should pressure for a USPTO reboot or shutdown. It does
a disservice to American people who are not patent lawyers.

>>>| These companies all have websites where, when you scroll your mouse over
>>>| certain sections, pop-up boxes appear. The NPE said, "We have the patent
>>>| on that."
>> "The" patent?  I'll bet dozens of patents have been issued on that
>> concept.
>>    Martin says about 30 percent of U.S. patents are essentially on things
>>    that have already been invented. In 2000, for example, the patent
>>    office granted a patent on making toast -- patent number 6080436,
>>    "Bread Refreshing Method."

Nathan likes to cook, too! Not he needs a monopoly on it.
>>>| Another group of former IV patents is being used in one of the most
>>>| controversial and talked about cases in Silicon Valley right now. An NPE
>>>| called Lodsys is suing roughly three dozen companies developing apps for
>>>| the iPhone and for Android phones. Lodsys says it owns the patent on
>>>| buying things from within a smartphone app.
>>    That means it's likely that Intellectual Ventures is taking a cut of
>>    whatever money Oasis gets from its lawsuits. Oasis is a company with no
>>    operations, no products, and, as far as we can tell, no employees, that
>>    is using a very broad patent from 1998 to sue over a dozen companies.

Bill and Nathan smell money and zoom in. Ethics? LOL. Who give a damn about
that, right? Remember that Bill Gates has been Nathan's financier in
all this.

>>>| One interesting wrinkle about that case: The address for Lodsys is 104
>>>| E. Houston street, Marshall Texas, suite 190. The same exact address,
>>>| down to the suite number, as Oasis Research.
>>> `----
>>> http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/07/22/138576167/when-patents-attack
>>> Angry Birds maker Rovio sued by Lodsys as US software patents multiply"
>>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jul/22/angry-birds-maker-rovio-
> sued-by-lodsys
>> Money for nothing.  Well, *something* needs to support those empty shell
>> offices!
>> Nathan Myhrvold, in spite of his outgoing nature, is really pretty creepy.

He's not outgoing. He is very arrogant.

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