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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Alun
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: 9 May 2004 01:18:23 GMT
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"Barry Pearson" <> wrote in

> AES/newspost wrote:
> [snip]
>> 1)  I suppose it's always possible that MS is patenting this not
>> because they genuinely believe it merits patenting, and not with any
>> intentions of enforcing the patent, but simply as a protective
>> measure against someone else patenting something similar and coming
>> after them.  I believe Jeff Bezos has indicated that he follows more
>> or less the same tactic with business patents. 
> [snip]
> What used to happen, and perhaps still does, is that companies would
> use patents as bargaining chips. "We have these patents, and they will
> screw you up for years. You have those, and they will screw us up for
> years. Let's come to a mutual agreement not to fight about this. Then
> we can both screw up all the others for years".
> Does this still happen?

Yes, it's called cross-licencing

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