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 Apr 26, 2005 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* MS, Oracle for Patent Reform

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Here's a strange one for you: Microsoft and Oracle calling for patent reform, something geeks have been doing for years.

Of course, it took their getting burned by bad patents:

Smith's comments, directed at the dozens of congressional staffers in the audience, represented Microsoft's latest critique of a patent system that has caused it to spend $100 million a year defending itself against 35 to 40 lawsuits at any one time. Microsoft has gone on the legislative offensive after a jury awarded Eolas Technologies $565 million in damages--which has been partially reversed--in a patent dispute over Internet Explorer.

 

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