Bill Gates' New Career? Patent Troll For Nathan Myhrvold?

from the kinder-capitalism? dept

Plenty of folks have been wondering just what Bill Gates is up to now that he's left his full-time position at Microsoft. Longtime rabble-rouser theodp has alerted us to one thing that Bill Gates is spending at least some of his time on: a bunch of patent applications for a company named "Searete LLC" -- including this one for rewarding influencers and another for a method to inject fluids into animals.

So, what's Searete? Well, it appears (warning: pdf file) that it's one of the many ultra secret shell front companies for Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, a company that unabashedly plans to be a huge patent tollbooth on just about any kind of innovation. We've already noted that he's been setting up shell companies as part of the operation's secrecy.

In some articles about Myhrvold's methods, it talks about how he hosts these big dinners, where he invites a bunch of big thinkers to sit around and talk, has some lawyers sit off to the side writing down everything they say, and then turns the discussions into patents. My guess is that these Bill Gates Searete patents fall into that camp (some of the other big names on some of the patents are folks like Danny Hillis and Craig Mundie, and we're waiting for Seinfeld's name to show up on a patent for computers that are moist and chewy like cake). Still, it makes you wonder why Bill Gates is letting Nathan Myhrvold lock up his ideas as part of his patent extortion scheme.

Filed Under: bill gates, nathan myhrvold, patents
Companies: intellectual ventures, searete


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  1. identicon
    Iordan Stavar, 20 May 2009 @ 1:18am

    Two Romanian independent inventors fight with Bill Gates for Electromagnetic Engine

    SOLUTIONS FOR ECONOMIC CRISIS

    EUROPEAN CHAMBER of COMMERCE, INDUSTRY and FRANCHISE CECIF, together with the ROMANIAN FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION support and present the following potential solutions for the energetic crisis posted on www.inventions-license.com, or www.inventatori.ro :

    1. NEW AUTO ENGINE by Liviu Sandu & Iordan Stavar ROMANIAN STATE OFFICE FOR INVENTIONS AND TRADEMARKS WITH THE NUMBER A00015- 2009

    The invention is referring to an engine which uses for starting the engine
    device the rejection force between two electromagnets or between an
    electromagnet and a permanent magnet, with 0 fuel consumption.

    The invention presents the following advantage:

    - electromagnetic motor can be coupled to an electric generator to produce electricity or other mechanical work.
    - implementation of an engine with big efficiency
    - implementation of an engine without pollutant emissions
    - low costs of implementation
    - easy maintenance
    - noise reduced during working
    - secondary modifications of the existent manufacturing lines.


    From the capacity 2000 cmc the speed is 500 km/h and 0 consumption
    FUEL price of motor construction is : 3000 - 4000 EURO.


    2. FLUID DEVICE WORKED BY FLOATS USED FOR DRIVING SHIPS OR FOR GENERATING POWER by Liviu Sandu ROMANIAN STATE OFFICE FOR INVENTIONS AND TRADEMARKS WITH THE NUMBER A00535 - 2008

    The invention is referring to a device which uses floats for working a
    fluid engine used for driving ships, for generating power, for driving the
    water pumps or for any field in which is necessary to use mechanical work.

    The invention presents the following advantages:

    - the device can be used in any lake or hydro facilities even by reduced areas
    - generating power which can be carried in the national power systems
    - generating and using mechanical work of considerable measure
    - from the structural point of view is easy to accomplish and to maintain
    - the power generated is very cheap because of the low costs of making it

    Economical parameters: a marine device costs 100,000.00 euros and the
    installed power is 2Mw/h. The estimated duration to amortize the costs: 3
    months.



    3. MECHANISM THAT USES THE VEHICLES ENGAGED IN TRAFFIC TO OBTAIN
    ELECTRICITY by Liviu Sandu ROMANIAN STATE OFFICE FOR INVENTIONS AND
    TRADEMARKS WITH THE NUMBER A00404 - 2008

    The invention refers to a mechanism that uses the vehicles engaged in
    traffic to start an engine used to obtain electricity, start the water
    pumps or any other domain where is necessary the use of a mechanical work.

    OBJECTS OF THE PRESENT INVENTION :

    - the device may be used on roads and also on the railway
    - the obtaining of electricity that may be sent in the energetic
    national system
    - minimum disturbance of the vehicles engaged in traffic
    - the obtaining and use of mechanical work with considerable size
    - from the constructive point of view is easy to realize and maintain
    - there may be put in series a big number of mechanisms for the
    training of the same flyer
    - there may be used more installations which will discharge in the
    same tank in the case of its use
    - the obtained energy is very cheap, the costs of realization of the
    mechanism being very small
    - increased capacity of overtake and attenuation of the shocks owed to
    acceleration and breaking on the contact surface
    - the possibility of the dimensioning of the installation depending
    on the installed power that we want

    Economical parameters: the device cost is around 80,000.00 euros and the
    installed power is 1Mw/h for a 10 vehicle/minut traffic. The estimated
    amortization duration: 6 months.

    and :

    - SHOE WITH GOLDEN SOLE by Iordan Stavar & Ioan Micu D.Sc. - Application number US 12/ 230, 957

    - ANTI STRESS WATCH by Iordan Stavar & Ioan Micu D.Sc. – Application number US 12/230,956

    You can see CV of Ioan Micu D. Sc. my co-worker on link :

    http://www.inventions-license.com/view_inventor.php?id=6 and

    http://www.inventatori.ro/view_inventor.php?id=128

    CV is posted on www.inventions-license.com, or www.inventatori.ro to section Famous inventors..

    For details and information send an email at contact@inventatori.ro or contact@inventions-license.com

    Anton Constantin Iordan Stavar
    President Independent inventor
    Romanian Franchise Association contact@inventatori.ro

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