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