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When Three Tribes Go To War

Jul 30, 2009, 20:04 (5 Talkback[s])
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"They are the uber-landlords of the IT industry looking for any opportunity to lease some floor space, be it in posh upmarket digs (the patents which are unquestioned innovations) or in inner-city slums (junk patents bound to be invalidate in their first judicial test). What makes their model so special is that their tenants have no idea which one they’re actually paying for.

"...The Oligopolists -The beneficiaries of the status quo. If Silicon Valley had a gentleman’s club, filled with over-stuffed leather sofas, seersucker suits and the stench of Cuban cigars, then these guys would be charter members. There’s is a genteel world were club members can civilly discuss their commercial disputes over a single malt whiskey and resolve them with a handshake and a cross-licensing agreement. And while cub members like to say their doors are open to those less well off, the requirements of membership - massive patent portfolios, the money to pay for a small army of lawyers and regular appearances at big ticket political fundraising events - means they can relax in the comfort of knowing they won’t be initiating new members any time soon."

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