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Patent Troll/Alley Thug Pleased With Patent Suit Settlement

All that bluster and bravado and in the end, chose to settle its patent dispute with Microsoft rather than go to the mattresses. On Wednesday afternoon the two companies said they had resolved the patent-infringement battle that prompted CEO Mark Benioff to brand Microsoft a “patent troll” and “alley thug.” The companies’ arrangement will see each giving the other coverage under their respective patent portfolios and giving Microsoft some additional “compensation.”

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with to put an end to the litigation between our two companies,” Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a statement. “Microsoft’s patent portfolio is the strongest in the software industry and is the result of decades of software innovation. Today’s agreement is an example of how companies can compete vigorously in the marketplace while respecting each other’s intellectual property rights.”

Microsoft first sued in May, alleging the company’s CRM services violated nine Microsoft patents. promptly branded the company a patent troll and “a former leader of industry.” But a month later, it slapped Microsoft with a patent suit of its own and hired David Boies, the former U.S. Justice Department attorney who successfully argued the federal antitrust case against Microsoft, to represent it.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work