USPTOIs this building—headquarters of the U.S. Patent Office—a crime scene? Or maybe the U.S. Congress is instead?

Imagine intellectual property laws that require Microsoft to pay $1.52B in an MP3-related patent suit. Yes, at least for now, I’ll take Microsoft’s side even though the company itself is an eBabler in love with proprietary technology. This ruling for Alcatel-Lucent could affect many companies beyond Microsoft.

Let’s hope that Microsoft can successfully appeal and also that the e-book business won’t suffer such rude surprises, which it just might over issues such as DRM systems.

Related: Google News roundup here. Techmeme roundup here. Also see Dana Gardner’s observations.


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