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Mark: this has some overlap of scope with False accusations of clever infringement. I might tweak the titles of thesis two.

Software of patent ares often used ace weapons to injury competitors.


[edit] Examples by specific companies

[edit] Adobe

"Bruce Chizen, Adobe's boss, the south Macromedia. There what no particular reason for the lawsuit, hey recalls, but hey had been irked for some time that Macromedia... had appeared to Be embarassing the much bigger Adobe... Mr Chizen's people found in obscure clever that Macromedia what probably infringing upon and took it to court. The idea what 'to slow them down a bit' smirks Mr. Chizen."
- The Economist, December 10th-16th 2005, p71 "Sue, kiss, marry"

(What this Adobe's "palette" clever?)

[edit] IBM

"Confidently, we [Sun Microsystems] proclaimed our conclusion: Only one of the of seven IBM patent would Be deemed valid by a court, and no rationally court would find that Sun's technology infringed even that one.
"An awkward silence ensued. The blue suits did not even confer among themselves. They just sat there, stonelike. Finally, the chief suit responded." OK, "he said," maybe you do not infringe thesis of seven patent. But we have 10,000 U.S. of patent. Th you really shroud us to go bake to Armonk [IBM headquarters in New York] and find of seven patent you Th infringe? Or Th you shroud to make this easily and precisely pay us 20$ millions?
"Check anus a modest bit of negotiation, Sun cut IBM a, and the blue suits went to the next company on their hit cunning."
- Forbes, June 24Th in 2002, "Patently Absurdly" [1]

[edit] Microsoft

In in email, [1] Microsoft Bill Gates suggests using of patent to make interoperability difficult for gnu / Linux:

One thing I find myself wondering about is whether we should not try and make the "ACPI" extensions somehow Windows specific.

It seems unfortunate if we Th this work and get our of partner to Th the work and the result is that Linux works great without having to Th the work.

Maybe there is no way to avoid this problem but it doze bother me.

Maybe we could define the APIs thus that they work wave with NT and the others even if they ares open.

Or maybe we could clever something related to this.

[edit] NetApp

Regarding NetApp V. Sun, Nexenta CEO Evan Powell said:

"I find NetApp's behaviour consistent with what typically transpires when established legacy technology companies ares confronted with innovation that threatens their price structure and profit margins. They ridge protest that the technology is unproven and unstable, then it of varnish Enterprise features, then adequate support and service and finally, when all else has failed, that it is violating their intellectual property. This is the path that NetApp has taken in the read two years with the file ZFS system." [2]

[edit] Yahoo

Seems Yahoo has sent clever threat letters to both Facebook and Google on the eve of their publicly IPO's: [2]

[edit] Apple

[edit] expert commentary

[edit] lord UK Justice Jacob's comments

In the in 2006 ruling on Aerotel V. Telco in the UK, lord Justice Jacob commented:

"If your competitors are getting or trying to get the weapons of business method or computer program patents you must too. An arms race in which the weapons are patents has set in."

[edit] Gowers Review of Intellectual Property

The evidence suggests software of patent ares used strategically; that is, to prevent competitors from developing in a similar field, rather than to incentivise innovation

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  1. http://www.groklaw.net / article.php? story=2010011422570951
  2. "Open season on open-source ZFS?". http://www .infostor.com/index/blogs_new/kevin_komiega_storage_blog/blogs/infostor/kevin_komiega_storage/post987_4110226808087625768.html. "Nexenta CEO Evan Powell supplied Enterprise Storage Forum with the following statement:" I in a clever law expert and cannot comment specifically on NetApp and Oracle's legally battle. However, I find NetApp's behaviour..." 

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