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August 18, 2008

Tool Groups

Inventor Gary Odom, founder of Patent Hawk, has asserted 7,363,592 against Microsoft. '592 claims a feature of the tool groups used in the Office 2007 tool ribbon. '592 has a priority date of November 2000. Complaint filed in the Eastern District of Texas. Odom is represented by Susman Godfrey.

Posted by Patent Hawk at August 18, 2008 5:13 PM | Litigation

Comments

Hawk,

It would be interesting for all of us to know about any talks with MS prior to filing suit.
Was there any talk at all? I guess you can tell us now after the suit is already filed
My guess there wasn't any talk because we would see a DJ suit on MS part
Gotta love patent games, dude

Posted by: angry dude at August 19, 2008 6:06 AM

Any chance Microsoft will be hiring Patent Hawk to knock out this patent?

Posted by: 2600examiner at August 19, 2008 9:19 AM

Microsoft was a Patent Hawk client for years. They had every opportunity for friendly discussion. The words "patent tax" were used, and Microsoft chose a path consistent with their corporate culture.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at August 19, 2008 10:08 AM

2600examiner. Hold your breath for that, because you look that good in blue.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at August 19, 2008 11:28 AM

"Microsoft was a Patent Hawk client for years. They had every opportunity for friendly discussion. The words "patent tax" were used, and Microsoft chose a path consistent with their corporate culture."

It's not "friendly" when you threaten someone with the force of the gangs in power if you don't pony up. You imply that there's something wrong with viewing such a threat as a "tax". There's not. That's exactly what it is.

Posted by: Stephan Kinsella at August 19, 2008 9:15 PM

What about the people who view purchasing an M$ license for their new personal computer as a "Microsoft tax"- M$ wouldn't threaten them with "the force of gangs in power"?
What about the BSA commericals with small business owners being lead away in handcuffs?

Posted by: anonymousAgent at August 19, 2008 10:21 PM

small handcuffs, I would guess

Posted by: patent prosecutor at August 19, 2008 10:47 PM

No IDS? Good luck!

Posted by: Anon at August 20, 2008 6:33 AM

Gary, best wishes from one inventor to another. If the quality of your patent is anything like the quality of your writing here, you'll do fine!

Posted by: Ed Suominen at August 20, 2008 7:34 AM

Patenthawk,

How about the PARENT patent? #7,036,087 that issued on 04/25/2006.

Why didn't you try to assert this one against micro$oft or others? Or did you? Or was it already invalidated? :)

For the record, here are the issued claims from the parent patent #7,036,087.


1. Software from at least one computer-readable medium automatically rearranging at least one tool based upon relative usage frequency of tools within a toolbar group.

2. Software according to claim 1 preventing at least one tool from being rearranged.

3. Software from at least one computer-readable medium automatically rearranging at least one group of a tools on a toolbar based upon aggregate usage frequency of tools within a tool group compared to another group.

4. Software according to claim 3 preventing at least one group from being rearranged.

MVS

Posted by: Michale Valentine Smith at August 20, 2008 4:55 PM