Barnes & Noble hires Microsoft’s legal nemesis
Patent fight! Will David Boies slap Redmond yet again?
Boies, chairman of the Boies, Schiller & Flexner law firm, represented the US Department of Justice back at the turn of the millennium in its successful antitrust case against Microsoft, and his sustained questioning of senior executives such as Bill Gates was regarded by many as significantly damaging to Redmond’s cause.
He was, however, less successful in fighting in Al Gore’s corner in the court case resulting from the disputed 2000 US presidential election, and he still represents SCO in its ongoing drain-circling.
“I guess the primary reason for which Boies is becoming involved is to give this matter a higher profile, but ultimately Barnes & Noble's allegations will be judged on their merits,” blogged patent-watcher Florian Mueller.
However, the appointment is slightly complicated by one of Boise’s other clients: Oracle. He has been retained by Ellison’s mob to bring the fight to Google in another case of Android patent infringement, this time over Java.
Such flexibility is impressive, even for a lawyer. ®
Florian's not going to quit spamming your inbox
Until you stop printing his name. Maybe not even then.
Please erase Florian Müller from the Internet
Yes, that gets my vote too.
Can El Reg please stop quoting that twit. He's not even a qualified lawyer, and the only thing he seems to do is relish the most pessimistic outcome of any patent dispute, with unqualified speculation and sensationalism.
He's supposedly just a "concerned" Netizen rallying against the damaging effects of patents, but AFAICT he's the one doing most of the damage with FUD, and the glee with which he reports patent injustices makes it clear whose side he's really on.
Of course that became crystal clear last month, when it was revealed he was on Microsoft's payroll:
"Florian Mueller, the patent analyst (he's not a lawyer) who often takes anti-Google stances, just revealed that Microsoft is funding Mueller to create a new study about patents."
will the FUD never end? Will Boies ever win?
Serial loser Boies and Microsoft funded gadfly Mueller in the same story? That has "lose" written all over it.
Sadly it also has "don't take seriously" all over it because yet again you've just parroted a known FUDmeister ;(