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  • melt_that melt_that Jan 11, 2013 1:25 PM Flag

    What Should Meg Do?


    Assuming HP CEO Meg Whitman is aware of the Interwoven vs. VCSY patent-related suit, here are her choices:

    1. Continue doggedly pursuing the Interwoven case against VCSY straight through a jury trial and verdict possibly completing by late 2013 or early 2014, followed by numerous appeals (regardless of which side wins) dragging the unresolved patent dispute into 2017 or later ... which would make it an 8-year long patent-related tussle.

    2. Buy a VCSY license (and possibly also pay future royalties) for what presumably would total at least a few million more than the $3M Microsoft paid to VCSY in 2008.

    The alternative scenario is that it's also possible that as HP CEO, Whitman continues being blissfully unaware of what Whitman's legal team may consider to be nothing more than a trivial annoyance lawsuit that it always thought it would eventually and successfully dispose of (one way or the other).

    As usual, nobody (other than insiders) has a clue whether CEO Whitman is even aware of the case, whether it was simply mentioned to her in passing as just one of multiple trivial annoyance lawsuits that the company is involved in on an ongoing basis, whether she's aware of it and is considering purchasing a license, or whether Whitman is convinced HP will eventually win by continuing to doggedly pursue HP's current legal strategy against VCSY. Not even the self-described Nobel Prize-level Geniuses Moonpunk and Mirror have a clue whether Whitman is unaware, somewhat aware, or fully aware of the patent suit.

    Good to know.

    Patience is a Virtue.

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