"In what must be one of the most surreal stories we've ever
covered, Microsoft has awarded a Linux devotee with one of the
company's most coveted patents awards -even though the recipient
has never worked for Microsoft."
"The story begins with work done by Intrinsa software developer
Bill Softkey on the Valley start-up's much-lauded software analysis
tools. These let developers find bugs in software that might
otherwise appear only through traditional regression testing."
"Intrinsa created a virtual environment for a program in the
build process, plotting multiple execution paths that could uncover
memory conflicts and other errors without manual intervention. And
the software was lauded by Cisco (a major customer) and Sun
Microsystems in its brief life as a commercial product."