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April 28, 2009

In the Wind

The Open Invention Network,  Linux advocacy group, is publicly tilting at the big windmill: looking for prior art to invalidate the three file management patents that Microsoft asserted against TomTom. Keith Bergelt, CEO: "The patent vetting activity offered by the Linux Defenders portal offers a unique opportunity to bring to bear the collective knowledge, passion and ingenuity of the Linux community to better explore the validity of the patents..." If the guy was looking for something more than window dressing for the penguin geeks, he'd give amateur hour short shrift and call Patent Hawk.

Posted by Patent Hawk at April 28, 2009 9:21 PM | Prior Art


Maybe you could use this high profile case as advertising hawk. Give him one for free, bust up the patent, and have him praise you in public as being the greatest. Good opportunity for what amounts to a few hours of work...

Posted by: 6000 at April 29, 2009 5:51 PM


Thanks. Good idea.

Actually, I thought of it before, when the legislation was ongoing. Just don't have the bandwidth at the moment for such a gesture. Maybe soon.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at April 29, 2009 7:58 PM