" Take the failed patent hustle of a couple of days ago,
apparently maneuvering to enable proxy patent trolls to sue Linux.
The idea, I gather, was to damage Linux, but without any way to
trace it back to Microsoft. Thank you OIN and AST for foiling the
plan. And by the way, are courts supposed to be used like this, to
attack the competition? The court system is designed for
adjudicating conflicts that are real. If you get damaged, you can
go to court and try to be made whole. And so far as I know, there
is no definition of abuse of monopoly that would exclude what just
happened from being part of what antitrust law covers.
"Then there is the hypocrisy factor. Ironically, Microsoft's
lead attorney in the i4i patent litigation was sanctioned by the
judge in the Memorandum and Order because he persistently argued to
the jury that patent trolls shouldn't be allowed to seek money
damages. And yet, out in the back, behind the garage, so to speak,
it's "Psst... trolls, wanna buy a patent?"