A bunch of folks have been submitting the news that the "pro-linux" group the Open Invention Network recently purchased some former Microsoft patents
via a third party. A few quick thoughts:
- It seems like a shame that money had to be spent by these groups just to protect themselves from lawsuits for developing useful software.
- Microsoft apparently refused to let OIN bid directly on the patents, leading to the middleman. This seems rather petty. If Microsoft really doesn't want the patents any more and isn't planning on doing anything with them, why not sell them to a pro-Linux group?
- If Microsoft had no problem getting rid of them, I'm guessing they're not among the couple of hundred patents Microsoft keeps insisting Linux violates, without ever actually naming any specific patents.
All in all, this is a pretty depressing story, showing money being wasted, rather than put to good use doing actual innovation.