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January 5, 2009

Patent Power

IEEE has declared Microsoft numero uno in 2007, by a wide margin, for "adjusted pipeline power" software patenting. So-called pipeline power is a measure of patent count, technology range, and influence (patent citation by others).

Posted by Patent Hawk at January 5, 2009 7:30 PM | Patents In Business


I sat in on a phone interview yesterday with an agent regarding a Microsoft application. The "invention group" that came up with the disclosure sounded a lot like Intellectual Ventures. "What if" discussions with no actual software code being written.

Posted by: 2600examiner at January 7, 2009 9:33 AM

2600examiner, you've hit the nail on the head. MS isn't innovating, just patenting. It's their business model.

(And MS is not alone when it comes to software patents issuing on code that has never been written - it's PTO policy to issue patents like these.)

Posted by: NIPRA anonymous at January 7, 2009 10:01 AM