"Last week, Microsoft initiated what can only be described as a
rather bizarre public-relations campaign in which they alleged that
Linux and Open Office may violate hundreds of the software maker's
patents. While some of the mainstream press reported Microsoft's
statements as news, many journalists and bloggers keenly identified
the most intriguing aspect of this aggressive maneuver: a glimpse
of a threatened giant struggling to keep a grasp on its empire.
What most people don't realize is that the story really isn't about
patents at all--it's about a rational actor trying to protect its
"In the time it will likely take you to read this article,
Microsoft will have made $500,000 in net profit..."