Microsoft EULA - what's next
W. Curtiss Priest
Thu Sep 5 18:31:01 2002
A quick note about Microsoft.
Seth will enjoy this one as he programmed the CQL (SQL) engine
I embedded in a DOS product that permitted people to
"share information using folders."
I actually received several patents, see, e.g.:
It turned out that our product was much too early, but, MS Outlook
infringed on the patent.
I can say, first hand, that Microsoft is truly vicious. After
three years of negotiating and arbitration, Microsoft paid
a measely $200K to my licensing firm, but litigation costs on both
sides were about $1.5 million, of which I got ONLY, a few free meals
for the deposition when with MS attornies in NY.
These guys play to get "all the marbles."
I do hope that Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly gets them
on anti-trust charges! Time will tell.
W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
Center for Information, Technology & Society
466 Pleasant St., Melrose, MA 02176
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