hutcheson - 4:34 am on Mar 13, 2010 (gmt 0)
>Whatever you think of Microsoft, this is a victory for patent trolls.
Oddly enough, that was the party line parroted by the Microsoft attorney in the original trial. Which I thought was an incredibly stupid approach to take, since of all the computer-related patent suits in the news lately, this was unique in that it was filed by a real development company with a real product (that is, completely unlike the patent-holding-companies called patent trolls) so that there was genuine technology to transfer (i.e. not just "patent the idea" or "patent the goal" abuse) AND that there was clear evidence of technology transfer from the patentholder to the infringer (unlike nearly other case, because software patents almost invariably involve independent invention. In fact, the only other software case I can think of that involved actual technology transfer was -- the Stacker suit against, let me see, Microsoft.)
Whatever you think of Microsoft or Software Patents (I don't know which to hate worse) this is a bit like convicting Al Capone of income tax fraud: not justice, perhaps, but at least an expression of a desire for justice.