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TLWIR 11: Old PCs, Patent Wars and The Humble Bundle

Aug 03, 2011, 08:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Obtaining a robust patent portfolio is becoming a necessary tool to create a preemptive weapon that keeps patent trolls at bay. Let me clarify this statement with a specific example. Once a company becomes successful (let us use Google as an example), people mysteriously appear out of the woodwork claiming that that company infringes on their patents. The most egregious example of this type of behavior is Oracle's lawsuit claiming that Google has infringed on its Java patents with its Android operating system. Now let us look at this case a little bit more closely. When Google first announced Android, the CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Mr. Scott McNealy, congratulated Google on a job well done. Sun owned Java and employed Java's creator, Mr. James Gosling. Oracle bought Sun, thus gaining access to and ownership of Java, and its associated patents. It now appears more and more that Oracle bought Sun with the explicit intent of using Java to sue Google over Android. This is the kind of profiteering that I believe is doomed to failure: it is not only unethical, it makes the "pirate" look excessively petty and greedy. This kind of behavior can easily turn neutral potential clients away from a company very rapidly. For example, I went from being a person that knew little about Oracle and its products to one that will NEVER use their products, after seeing their behavior. An extremely telling point is that Oracle has deleted ALL of Scott McNealy's blog entries from its website. Does a company that engages in ethical and honest behavior, and has nothing to hide, have to delete innocuous blog postings?"

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