Market Losers Litigate

by on October 12, 2006 · 14 comments

While looking for this week’s software patent, I came across this story about about Transmeta’s lawsuit against Intel:

Transmeta was the first company to emphasise that power consumption was going to be a major headache for chip and computer makers. It claimed that its Crusoe processors would be able to run the same software as Intel chips, but gobble up less electricity, thus leading to longer battery life.

Although the company landed early deals with Sony and Fujitsu when Crusoe arrived in 2000, it did not live up to its goals. Crusoe’s performance was middling, and Transmeta had several problems getting new versions out the door. Deals with Toshiba and others evaporated.

The chipmaker then went through several rounds of layoffs and changed its chief executive three times before refashioning itself into an intellectual property firm last year.

I wonder if “intellectual property firm” is a euphemism for “patent troll.”

It’s really quite a sad story. Transmeta was an innovative company with some amazing technology. As near as I can tell, they were crippled by poor execution and some bad business decisions. It’s too bad that this will be the final chapter of their corporate history.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/ enigma_foundry

    Well, ever notice someone who lays out some trmendous expense to rehab a beautiful old building, goes belly up after about a year, and then someone picks up the proerty for pennies on the dollar, and develops it? Happens a lot..

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    Well, ever notice someone who lays out some trmendous expense to rehab a beautiful old building, goes belly up after about a year, and then someone picks up the proerty for pennies on the dollar, and develops it? Happens a lot..

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    Enigma, have you attended the Chopin competition. I just downloaded Horowitz’s nocturnres. Horowtitz, my friend, like Chopin, is true genius.

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    Enigma, have you attended the Chopin competition. I just downloaded Horowitz’s nocturnres. Horowtitz, my friend, like Chopin, is true genius.

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    ***I wonder if “intellectual property firm” is a euphemism for “patent troll.”***

    Tim, this is pretty inflammatory. As most folks in IP policy are trying to narrow down and pinpoint the definition of patent trolls, you seem to simply call all IP companies patent trolls.

    To be honest, I disagree with you a lot, but a statement like this is beyond the pale… its like me calling you Richard Stallman.

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    ***I wonder if “intellectual property firm” is a euphemism for “patent troll.”***

    Tim, this is pretty inflammatory. As most folks in IP policy are trying to narrow down and pinpoint the definition of patent trolls, you seem to simply call all IP companies patent trolls.

    To be honest, I disagree with you a lot, but a statement like this is beyond the pale… its like me calling you Richard Stallman.

  • Em

    Inflammatory? I don’t see it. What exactly does an ‘intellectual property firm’ deal with, if they aren’t camping on patents?

  • Em

    Inflammatory? I don’t see it. What exactly does an ‘intellectual property firm’ deal with, if they aren’t camping on patents?

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    Patent troll is a term used to describe a firm or entity that abuses the patent system. There is disagreement about the contours of its precise meaning, but this is the general sentiment.

    Current efforts at patent reform intend, partially, to curb abuses of the patent system by patent trolls. But rather than separate firms that use patent in positive ways, Tim simply calls all firms holding patents patent trolls.

    Whats funny is that Tim’s comment is neither necessary nor even relevant to his blog. He just threw it in there.

  • http://weblog.ipcentral.info/ Noel Le

    Patent troll is a term used to describe a firm or entity that abuses the patent system. There is disagreement about the contours of its precise meaning, but this is the general sentiment.

    Current efforts at patent reform intend, partially, to curb abuses of the patent system by patent trolls. But rather than separate firms that use patent in positive ways, Tim simply calls all firms holding patents patent trolls.

    Whats funny is that Tim’s comment is neither necessary nor even relevant to his blog. He just threw it in there.

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  • http://farmius.org felician

    Thanks for the welcome
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