Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Aug 2010 22:11 UTC, submitted by lfeagan
Legal Most of us here are not particularly big fans of the concept of patents. Most of us are aware of the significance of patents, we just believe the system has gone out of control and needs a serious kick in the butt. Well, it turns out not even the richest people on this earth are immune to the call of the patent troll. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a massive patent lawsuit, using broad and vague patents to sue just about any big name in the business - from Apple to Google.
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"IBM, for 16 straight years, has dominated in most patents per year."

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Patents != initiating patent-related litigation.

IBM does file the most patents, but they largely use those patents for defensive purposes only.

If IBM ever went belly up, the IP alone would be worth a fortune.

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