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New It's not like they claimed otherwise
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Chris Altmann
New A fine point.
Do you prefer cases like [link|http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/051215/microsoft_visto_suit.html?.v=9|this].
Visto Corp., a maker of mobile e-mail technology, has sued Microsoft Corp. for allegedly infringing on three of its patents related to how information is handled between servers and handheld devices such as cellular phones.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages and a permanent injunction to stop the infringement, was filed late Wednesday -- the same day Visto announced that NTP Inc. had acquired an equity stake in the company and signed a patent licensing deal.

Visto's allegations against Microsoft and its Windows Mobile 5.0 are similar to NTP's against Research In Motion Ltd., which now faces the possible shutdown of its popular BlackBerry messaging service in the United States.

"Windows Mobile 5.0 is an infringement of Visto's intellectual property of a technology that our firm created, patented and successfully sells on the market today," Visto CEO Brian Bogosian said Thursday.
Alex

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -- Bertrand Russell
Expand Edited by a6l6e6x Dec. 16, 2005, 08:46:11 PM EST
New Suing over software patents garners little sympathy from me.
Now if they stole an actual implementation or trade secrets while "partnering", as they have been accused of in the past, that would be another thing entirely.

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Chris Altmann
New Microsoft.hoist(Microsoft.petard);
In general I agree with you. However, what we appear to have here is a calse of the Law of Karma asserting itself, so I can't get too exercised about it.
jb4
shrub●bish (Am., from shrub + rubbish, after the derisive name for America's 43 president; 2003) n. 1. a form of nonsensical political doubletalk wherein the speaker attempts to defend the indefensible by lying, obfuscation, or otherwise misstating the facts; GIBBERISH. 2. any of a collection of utterances from America's putative 43rd president. cf. BULLSHIT

     Microsoft innovation. - (a6l6e6x) - (4)
         It's not like they claimed otherwise -NT - (altmann) - (3)
             A fine point. - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                 Suing over software patents garners little sympathy from me. - (altmann) - (1)
                     Microsoft.hoist(Microsoft.petard); - (jb4)

Here we have a game that combines the charm of a Pentagon briefing with the excitement of double-entry bookkeeping. I don't get it.
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