In the news yesterday both Microsoft and Google made announcements related to their patent portfolios.
Microsoft published an Excel spreadsheet with a list of their patents. I was curious so I went beyond the press release and download the spreadsheet and loaded it up… Two things: Firstly why am I looking at this in Excel and not in the browser. Second, the data in the spreadsheet is utterly worthless. No links, internal patent #’s that can’t be correlated with USPO, tons of duplicate entries… Meh.
So Google wins: their pledge is important and I think they have made a shrewd move.
As usual, just my humble opinion 🙂
P.S. I’m listed as an inventor on several MS patents that are on file w/the USPO (e.g. http://tinyurl.com/7bovjjd). But I could not find them in the MS spreadsheet so in addition to dupes, I think the list is incomplete.