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Patents as defense

An interesting post on the role of patents in big tech strategy:

At Microsoft, Horacio Gutiérrez, the company’s chief intellectual property officer, says patents are treated not as a profit center but “as a currency that you use to trade to another company” for its patents. Volume is an important gauge of a company's innovation, he adds, but “only if they are high-quality patents.”

via IBM May Not Be the Patent King After All – BusinessWeek.