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[6]: Ockham's Obsession?
by pashar on Mon 15th Oct 2007 07:07 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Ockham's Obsession?"
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You should be careful with that razor, it is too easy to cut yourself. In fact, that is what you just did.

Yes, Microsoft is a big company. Yes, it is easy to find ex-microsoftian in some other company. But did IP Innovation hired some engineer or programmer? No, they hired some relatively high-ranking ex-employees.

Of course, Groklaw did not find any evidence that would be acceptable in court. But did you expect from them to hire a detective and steal some secret memo from Microsoft? They pointed out a possible connection between two companies and it doesn't look like coincidence.

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