Microsoft Loses Yet Another Patent Lawsuit

from the how's-that-looking-now? dept

In the last few years, Microsoft has become a bigger and bigger supporter of patents, which is a bit ironic, given that Bill Gates once pointed out that the software industry never would have developed if there had been software patents back in the early days. But, proving that new companies innovate, while older companies litigate, Microsoft has become a big patent hoarder in recent years. But, to date, while it's used those patents to threaten lots of companies, it seems like Microsoft's decision to live by patents, is actually costing it quite a bit of money.

We've already covered Microsoft's big loss to i4i at the end of last year, for which Microsoft was told to pay nearly $300 million. And, now, Microsoft has lost a patent lawsuit in East Texas (of course) from a company that appears to have been set up just to sue Microsoft -- claiming patents over VPN technology. In fact, the company's business plan basically admits that its business model is to win these sorts of lawsuits. Hard to see how that's promoting progress or innovation in any way. Oh well. Live by the patent, die by the patent, I guess...
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Filed Under: innovation, patents, vpn
Companies: microsoft, virnetx


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Mar 2010 @ 6:35am

    Re: Where is the Patent Nuclear War?

    The so-called "iNuke" is not, nor has even been... funny.

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