InternationalUSRemember you can easily switch between MIP US and MIP International at any time

Utynam's Heirs


A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world's first recorded patent in 1449

diary@managingip.com

Microsoft’s kayak victory

Last year Microsoft's revenues topped $51 billion, making Utynam doubt whether Bill Gates will have too much trouble finding the €497 million he needs to pay the European Commission's antitrust fine.

But just in case he is scrambling around for some loose change to hand over to Neelie Kroes, the anti-software patent lobbyists Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) have announced that they are to donate €2,500 to Microsoft's cause.

But what could the Californian software company have done to warrant such a generous offer from one of its sworn enemies?

In June, the FFII announced that it would present its "Kayak Award" to the team that made the best effort in helping the International Standardization Organization fight off Microsoft's efforts to gain international standardization for its proprietary Office format, OOXML.

The award is named after a key...


Please log in to read the rest of this article.

New to Managing Intellectual Property? Take advantage of one week’s FREE access and become a Managing IP member today. It’s free to join and the benefits start straight away.

Already registered?

Please make sure you log in to read the rest of the article.

Log in

Join us now

Gain 7 days FREE access when you register now.

Join here

profile

Managing IP

ManagingIP

ManagingIP profile

A concrete trade mark, but not a concrete case (see para 98) https://t.co/si61j4s8Ah

Jul 25 2016 09:40 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

During this week we will be tweeting links to each of the country updates in the mid-year issue. Find them all here https://t.co/vbv61995jG

Jul 25 2016 09:25 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

A brave & important article - do read! https://t.co/bm26pyhN32

Jul 25 2016 08:30 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


Mid Year 2016

All eyes on ASEAN

Economic and legal reforms are driving harmonisation within and beyond the ASEAN region, with big implications for IP owners. James Nurton, Stephy Tang and Natalie Rahhal introduce a year-long series of articles



Most read articles

Supplements