Intuit Pays $120 Million 'Don't Sue Us' Tax To Intellectual Ventures

from the money-wasted dept

It's no secret that I have tremendous problems with Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, which many have described as the world's biggest patent "trolling" operation. The company has raised a ton of money and uses it to buy up thousands of patents. While it hasn't sued anyone, Myhrvold has made clear that's always an option. The company has remained incredibly secret, but it has somehow convinced some big companies to pay hundreds of millions to IV. Due to the secrecy, the details aren't clear -- and some of the deals apparently are a mix of "licensing" and an equity investment. But, still, the numbers are stunning. The latest, as pointed out by Stephen Kinsella is that Intuit has apparently paid $120 million to IV. For what? The right not to get sued. Think about that for a second. This is a pure dead weight net loss to society. It's $120 million that Intuit could have put towards further innovating, or to pay off investors via a dividend. Instead, it goes towards nothing productive, in terms of actually creating new products. It will now likely be used to buy up more patents so that IV can get similar black hole money grabs from other companies, as well. It's like a black hole where real innovation goes to die.

Filed Under: patents, software
Companies: intellectual ventures, intuit


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2009 @ 6:01pm

    Re: Re: Are you *familiar* with Intuit?

    Trust me, as a customer (victim?) of Intuit's I have found that every year, the remove features from their "pro" product to add to a yet further upprice product and FORCE you to purchase the upgrades or they invalidate your merchant account with them.
    Never mind that they are making literally tens of thousands of dollars off of me, they have to screw me for that $199 x4 too.

    If there was an open source competitor for QB pro that did ccard swiping internally, I'd tell them to go screw themselves so fast you could heat the sonic boom @ their headquarters, AND happily give those thousands to the open source guys (hint hint!?)

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