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[Wired] How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent

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Last December, Microsoft scored a victory when the ITC Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex found that Motorola had violated four Microsoft patents. But the ruling could also eliminate an important Microsoft software patent that has been invoked in lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and car navigation device-maker Tom Tom.

According to Linus Torvalds, he was deposed in the case this past fall, and apparently his testimony about a 20-year-old technical discussion — along with a discussion group posting made by an Amiga fan, known only as Natuerlich! — helped convince the Administrative Law Judge that the patent was invalid.

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Right on Linus !!!!!
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I am seriously wondering if it is possible for Torvalds to do anything wrong.
    
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http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.minix/browse_thread/thread/d2b819a69ae0fc4a/09ef13bc629e9d8b?lnk=gst&q=%22long+filenames%22#09ef13bc629e9d8b

can you imagine even back then we were lazy!we cant start from scratch blah blah blah!can you imagine todays program!
lol i bet a lot of stuff from the 1990s era are in there cause ton of issue that wouldnt happen if they were looked into!
it is nice to see this tho!i bet ms wasnt to happy to see this guy show up there!i bet an insane lot of supposedly valid patent could be invalidated lol if they pressured linux too much!i always tend to forget that this guy has been around an insane long time!google didnt exist back then!
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So would there be any downside to Microsoft in terms of having to pay back licensing fees or is it strictly for the future?
 
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this is just the trading commission!but the one giving these could look into all of what ms own ,as patent licencing etc and as anything, what passed the ok flag before!probably couldnt today!google gave a good exemple of it by going against some from sun!so far it looks very bad for sun(oracle)
can you imagine if the patent giver were to revisit all patent ms own!ya it could hurt !a lot!
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this is just the trading commission!but the one giving these could look into all of what ms own ,as patent licencing etc and as anything, what passed the ok flag before!probably couldnt today!google gave a good exemple of it by going against some from sun!so far it looks very bad for sun(oracle)
can you imagine if the patent giver were to revisit all patent ms own!ya it could hurt !a lot!

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i always tend to forget that this guy has been around an insane long time!google didnt exist back then!g.gif
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