Australian entrepreneur Ric Richardson has finally won his patent dispute with Microsoft over the use of software protection software.
In a post on his personal blog, Ric declared “it’s over!” and said;
“It’s kind of like having your career anchored on a test you did when you were a kid and someone questioning your score decades after the fact… all you can do is stick to your position and hope the truth rings true.”
After winning a three hundred million dollar award against Microsoft, then an appeal striking down the size of the damages it’s been a hell of journey for Ric and Uniloc.
The silly thing is for Microsoft they largely abandoned this method of validating software after 2003, so they could have settled this a lot earlier. Or just paid the license fees in the first case.
You also can’t avoid the irony of Microsoft being successfully sued over a product design to protect intellectual property.
It’s always good to see the entrepreneur and inventor get up in a world that often seems tilted in favour of the corporations.
Now we can look forward to seeing a lot more innovations out of Ric’s caravan, that flat tyre detector looks really useful.