Microsoft Patents 'IsNot'

Mike Meyer mwm at
Fri Nov 19 23:36:41 CET 2004

Jeff Shannon <jeff at> writes:

> The sad thing about this is that these patents can be challenged in
> courts... but only if you can afford the legal budget necessary.  And
> big corporations can afford to defend these patents, regardless of
> their legal viability, well enough to prevent all but the most
> determined (and well-heeled) challengers from actually getting a
> judgement on the actual merits of the case.

Right. In the late 80s, there was a company whose sole source of
income was from suing smaller companies about violation of their
patent on xoring the cursor onto the screen

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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