Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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RE[4]: non-sensical article
by DrillSgt on Sun 14th Oct 2007 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: non-sensical article"
DrillSgt
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2005-12-02

"Can you go and find out how many former employees of IBM, HP, Apple and others have joined IP Innovation?"

Well, there are 2 from IBM and one that used to work for both IBM and Intel. No former Apple Employees. There are 4 from Microsoft, and the rest scattered from different companies, the biggest proportion being law firms that handled these types of things prior to them joining IP Innovations. This is not a new industry, just one where we hear more about it these days.

As for the time frame, Ballmer has been making these claims about IP and patents for years, since about 2003 or so, maybe even before, not just recently. This is well before the first person left MS to join this company, which was in 2005 if I read the history correctly. Ballmer's comments are not new, nor are they at the same time when "...several former Microsoft employees join an IP troll company...".

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RE[5]: non-sensical article
by SReilly on Sun 14th Oct 2007 23:16 in reply to "RE[4]: non-sensical article"
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2006-12-28

Ballmer's comments are not new, nor are they at the same time when "...several former Microsoft employees join an IP troll company...".

Ballmer making comments on Linux supposedly violating patents is certainly not new, but stating that other companies would start looking for blood in regards to patents is. Couple that with IP Innovations filling suit not even a week later and you have to admit it suddenly starts to smell a bit more.

Granted, it's not rock solid proof but it does lend more weighter to PJ's argument.

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