Microsoft yanks preferred status from Daddy Gates' old firm
Thanks for the briefs
Microsoft will no longer seek regular legal counsel from a firm named after Bill Gates' father, after it was chopped from a list of regular suppliers.
K&L Gates has been removed from Microsoft's list of preferred providers following a comprehensive review, the company said, which saw Microsoft seek competitive bids. Microsoft narrowed a list of 16 potential suppliers down to 10 in the process.
No single factor was believed to be behind the decision to chop K&L Gates.
Attorneys for Preston Gates reportedly represented Microsoft during the long-running anti-trust case with the US government before the companies merged.
Though the law firm is losing its preferred-provider status, Microsoft said it would continue to work with it. The preferred provider program has been in place several years and used by Microsoft to consolidate a portion of its legal work and manage legal costs.
K&L Gates was apparently the result of the merger of multinational law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, and Preston Gates & Ellis. The "Gates" part of the name was taken from William H. Gates Sr., father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates Sr. retired from the firm in 1998 with the K&L and Preston Gates & Ellis merger taking place in 2007.
K&L Gates' site said its intellectual property practice is one of the strongest in the nation, with more than 200 attorneys worldwide and experience in 47 of the US states. ®
Give up the requirement to sue & become software developers instead. It only goes to show that M$ has a better litigation & patent group than software design & development.
Guilt by Association is Yin to Yang's Basking in Reflected Glory.
Hell, having a Big Shiny Microsoft Plaque on the Wall in the Office is a bit dodgy if the Company is a Serial Monopoly Chaser/Price Phixer/Non Compete War Lord.
I'm QuITE Surprised they haven't yet Tried to Patent the Cloud, with Virtual NINJA Controls. ...which would Suggest that it probably already Established Prior Art, Patents Pending Publication.
Isn't it nice that MS can choose from a wide range of independent suppliers, each of which has to compete on service and value. Just as well the US hasn't started allowing patents on laws. Yet.