Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Microsoft Spin-off Continues the War Against Innovation

Newsweek has this article about former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold's war against innovation with his new company devoted to brokering patents, which he expects to be such a rich, juicy gravy train he refers to them as "the next software".

They charge that Silicon Valley companies have stolen other people's inventions for too long while slashing their own R&D budgets. Referring to Intellectual Ventures' portfolio of patents as his own, he says, "If giant corporations are making billions of dollars off my ideas, I want something for it, and I don't think there is anything wrong with that." He expects his business plan will draw controversy, but notes, "Everything new in life is opposed by somebody."

Oh yes, "my" ideas...


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