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Is Microsoft running out of steam?

Oct 08, 2010, 14:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Most people have heard about the 18th-century inventor James Watt and his steam engine; not so many know about the way he used patents to stifle competition and throttle further development of the technology:

"Watt's patent was very broad in scope (covering all engines making use of the separate condenser and all engines using steam as a "working substance"). In other words, the patent had a very large blocking power. The enforcement of almost absolute control on the evolution of steam technology, using the wide scope of the patent, became a crucial component of Boulton and Watt's business strategy.

"Eventually, after extensions gained through constant lobbying of politicians (some things never change), Watt's patent expired. Here's what happened next:"

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