See also 4 Aug 08 IPBiz post:
Dell gets "notice of allowance" for trademark on cloud computing
Motley Fool Rule Breakers push cloud computing -->
Dear Opportunistic Investor,
On October 30, 2005, something incredible happened...
In Redmond, Washington, one of the world's richest -- and most powerful -- businessmen sent an urgent memo to his top engineers and most-trusted managers.
It sounded the alarm that a very disruptive "wave" was about to wash over the entire world -- forever changing the way we get information and do business.
It also warned this would wipe out the $300 billion business empire he'd spent his life building.
Meanwhile, a few hundred miles south, on the banks of the Columbia River, a mysterious outfit known only as "Design, LLC" quietly constructed two massive, windowless warehouses.
This mammoth undertaking was code named "Project 2," and the International Herald Tribune described the towering monolithic structures as "looming like an information-age nuclear plant."
I realize this may sound like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, but I think you'll want to bear with me, because...
***Further on Design LLC, from networkworld in 2006-->
Nolan Young, city manager of The Dalles, [Oregon] which is home to numerous Bigfoot sightings, said he had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Design LLC, the Delaware firm that negotiated the purchase of the land on Google's behalf, but he could not confirm when, or if, Google will take up residence in The Dalles. However, he did say that the new facility would create between 70 and 100 new jobs.
Young said one of the reasons Design LLC -- read Google -- decided to locate in the community was because the company needed a fiber connection, and the city had built a fiber-optic loop to their site. Rob Enderle, an analyst at San Jose-based Enderle Group, was able to add a bit more information to the mystery.
"All I know is the location has to do with the power station and cooling water supply in close proximity, suggesting that this thing is really big and incredibly power-hungry," Enderle said. "Labor is cheap, with a $30,000 average salary per year in the area, suggesting equally low living expenses."
**Update on 24 Aug 2011
Claiming the Cloud: Considerations for Drafting Patent Applications Covering Cloud Computing Technologies which includes
Filing multiple applications will not only reduce excess claim fees, but will also prevent potential prosecution headaches down the road. For example, including a diverse claim scope in a single application increases the risk of a restriction requirement once the application is examined, which in turn can raise the cost of the patent process for the patent applicant.