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December 15, 2005

Gorilla Warfare

After slapping a lawsuit against Microsoft for patent infringement Wednesday, wireless email provider Visto CEO Brian Bogosian, doing his best King Kong impersonation, thumped his chest and bellowed, "They're going to have to satisfy our requirements for playing in this market. Really, more important than money at this point, is receiving an injunction." Look at that little monkey go after the 800-pound gorilla!

Borgasian said Visto filed the lawsuit without approaching Microsoft about a settlement first. "For their foray into mobile email and data access, Microsoft simply decided to misappropriate Visto's well known and documented patented technology. We ... had very little expectation that Microsoft, given their past track record, would take any of our claims very seriously. So now we think they're going to take them pretty seriously."

"Innovative companies have been pummeled out of existence or into minor players after Microsoft decided to enter their markets," Bogosian added. "Netscape and RealNetworks are among the best known examples. Courts around the world have ruled time after time against Microsoft, saying that it has acted either inappropriately or in violation of the law, especially concerning how they have treated competing companies. We will not let that happen to Visto."

Borrowing Dubya's patented smirk, Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans would only pip a non sequitur, "We do want to underscore that Microsoft stands behind its products, and respects the intellectual property rights of others."

Visto has a portfolio of 25 patents. The three asserted against Microsoft were: 6,085,192; 6,708,221; & 6,151,606, all dealing with network synchronization.

Visto recently showed its respect for others' intellectual property by licensing NTP's patents.

It's the holiday season, and nothing says you care like giving a patent infringement lawsuit. ;-)

Posted by Patent Hawk at December 15, 2005 3:40 PM | Litigation