ThePriorArt: "Patent Hawk" lawsuit was an inside job, says Microsoft
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Date: 03 Dec 2008 15:21
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In addition to his full-time employment at Klarquist and his later consulting with the firm, Odom worked directly for Microsoft from 2001 to 2004, and visited their Redmond offices. The company says Odom had access to confidential technology and patent strategy info, and "was informed that Microsoft would not retain consultants who were patenting in areas relating to Microsoft development," but didn't tell anyone at Klarquist or Microsoft that he was getting patents. One patent lawsuit that Odom helped Microsoft out with, which is still pending, even includes allegations against Microsoft Office—the very piece of software that Odom now says he should be paid a royalty on.
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