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How Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Others Use Patents to Bully Companies

How Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Others Use Patents to Bully Companies

Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:52pm by iClarified · 6210 views
Jonathon Schwartz former President and CEO of Sun Microsystems offers an insiders look at how companies like Apple and Microsoft use patents to bully others.

In 2003, after I unveiled a prototype Linux desktop called Project Looking Glass*, Steve called my office to let me know the graphical effects were “stepping all over Apple’s IP.” (IP = Intellectual Property = patents, trademarks and copyrights.) If we moved forward to commercialize it, “I’ll just sue you.”

My response was simple. “Steve, I was just watching your last presentation, and Keynote looks identical to Concurrence – do you own that IP?” Concurrence was a presentation product built by Lighthouse Design, a company I’d help to found and which Sun acquired in 1996. Lighthouse built applications for NeXTSTEP, the Unix based operating system whose core would become the foundation for all Mac products after Apple acquired NeXT in 1996. Steve had used Concurrence for years, and as Apple built their own presentation tool, it was obvious where they’d found inspiration. “And last I checked, MacOS is now built on Unix. I think Sun has a few OS patents, too.” Steve was silent.

Schwartz goes on to talk about similar situations with other companies such as Microsoft, touches on Apple's current patent lawsuits with Nokia and offers some interesting insight. Definitely a recommended read.

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How Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Others Use Patents to Bully Companies
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HO - March 9, 2010 at 10:54pm
ROFL...ah Jobs is such a the way Bill manages things, very polite and the reading is great, SUN is a great company, wonder why they decided to just leave Mapple alone instead of just send it down the pipe....on the other hand Jobs & Co may patent trolling so nobody will do it when their name comes to be the trolling theme...
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