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Daily Dose - Schwartz: Apple and Microsoft Tried to Sue Me Too!

03.11.2010
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Johnathan Schwartz, the former CEO of Sun recently said what he couldn't say about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates when he was with the company.  "I feel for Google," said Schwartz, "Steve Jobs threatened to sue me, too."  Jobs called Schwartz in 2003 when Sun unveiled a prototype Linux desktop called Project Looking Glass.  Jobs told Schwartz that Sun was infringing on Apple's graphical patents and that if they tried to commercialize it, Jobs said, "I'll just sue you."  According to the blog, Schwartz returned fire saying that the technology in some Mac computers appeared to violate Suns patents.  "Steve was silent" after that comment, said Schwartz.  Bill Gates tried to offer an Intellectual Property license for OpenOffice because he saw Microsoft patents in Sun's open source office software.  Schwartz didn't take the deal because Sun would have had to pay a royalty to Microsoft for every download.  The moral of the story was: if you have enough defensive patents, you can infringe on other ones without fear.  Sucks for the startups though.

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Update to MPL
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Ehcache 2.0 Gets More 'Enterprisey' Features
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