Microsoft Looks To 'Moneyball' Patents?

from the fascinating dept

I tend not to agree with Microsoft patent boss Horacio Gutierrez on very much when it comes to patents or Microsoft's patent strategy over the past few years. But I have to admit I'm fascinated by his plan to take the lessons of the book Moneyball and try to apply them to patents. Apparently, he's got a team of folks in Redmond, trying to put together data and stats the help judge the value of a patent. I'd be surprised if anything really accurate comes out of it (there are just too many variables and wildcards), but it is an intriguing idea. I wonder if he'll patent it...


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:00pm

    Y'know...

    That might be the push behind the obsession with patents, etc.

    It's just like hiring an outside consultant. You (comfy exec) think that they (outside consults) have some special branch of wisdom that may or may not be able to be handed to the people who've been working the trenches every day...

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:05pm

    If you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:15pm

    Here comes the Microsoft bashing. Sigh. Watch all of the Mac fanbois and oss zealots come out to hate on MS as usual. Love em or hate em, but you can't deny we'd all be sitting in front of a bash prompt if it weren't for Windows. If they need a few patents to innovate, then what's the problem? You want to go back to the days when the only people who used computers were hairy old hippies like RMS? The guy eats his own toe cheese! Try living in the 21st century for once. Oh right, that would be too pro-capitalist for this site.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:21pm

    Re:

    if you knew your history you'd know that the 'innovating' microsoft did was buying, copying, or stealing other people's work. I'm not a Microsoft hater, but seriously, they have done and continue to do many under-handed things. so does Apple for that matter, the free and open source movements generally don't but they are also mostly jerks, but we can't really fault them for that because you've just proven they aren't the only side that has assholes spraying shit all over.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:23pm

    "data and stats the help judge the value of a patent."

    The broader a patent,the more it restricts the freedom of others, and the more enforceable the more valuable to the owner. So a patent on eating food, if enforceable, is very valuable. A patent on swinging a swing sideways is useless even if enforceable since people can do without that. A patent on breaking the laws of physics is useless since, by definition, we can't break the laws of physics so it won't change anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:29pm

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    Well, you'd also have to consider the profit to be made in the relevant market share. It may be necessary, and it may be enforceable, but if it doesn't sell for much profit you aren't gonna settle for much.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 12:57pm

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    >>but you can't deny we'd all be sitting in front of a bash prompt if it weren't for Windows.

    You give Windows far too much credit. Try going back further to the days of Xerox Parc, or 1983 when the Apple Lisa hit the market a full two years before Windows 1.0.

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 1:11pm

    Re: bash prompt

    "you can't deny we'd all be sitting in front of a bash prompt if it weren't for Windows

    I deny that. Only a moron or a troll would think or suggest such a thing.

    Here, have another helping of toe cheese...

    CBMHB

     

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    Trails, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 1:21pm

    It's a good thing

    the author of moneyball didn't write some trivial software that uses his methodology, and then patent it.

     

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    Trails, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Too obvious

    This isn't an MS shill, ladies and gents, this is someone pretending to be an MS shill. The bash prompt comment gives it away, it's too obviously wrong, no actual person trying to make a point would use it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 1:39pm

    What ever happened to just making great software?

    This is actually real sad news if Microsoft can't make good software anymore, and instead has to build a new revenue stream that focuses on collecting royalties on others innovations, and probably continues to collect royalties from innovations of employees that leave or retire. Seems somewhat predatory.

     

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    Steve jobs, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 2:16pm

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    Bash sucks, C-shell 4 life muther fukuah!!!

     

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    Cloakey, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Re: Too obvious

    Yeah, not to mention the average windows user wouldn't know a bash prompt from a whack.

     

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    The Steve Bourne Identity, Aug 6th, 2009 @ 2:36pm

    Well...

    OSX has a bash shell with all the usual suspects including vi.

    Just sayin'

     

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    Pete Austin, Aug 7th, 2009 @ 7:42am

    It's a "PageRank" for patents.

    Read the description and it's about thinks like how many other patents link to yours, and how many patents you link to. I wonder if Google have prior art.

     

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