Monday, March 16, 2009

Microsoft switching to offense in patent litigation?

John Fontana at network world writes that analyst firm Gartner said it has little doubt that Microsoft will switch to playing offense with its patent interests and that Microsoft is clearly “beginning to treat its burgeoning patent portfolio as a revenue-generating business." He gives a look at the 10 most recent patent applications from Microsoft.

In terms of "patent quality", which has been a little less discussed in "patent reform 2009" than in "patent reform 2005", Fontana might have mentioned Microsoft's published application 20070300174 (MONITORING GROUP ACTIVITIES ).

Microsoft "spyware" for monitoring activities?

See also

on patent reform 2005


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