Florian Mueller, who writes at FOSS Patents and often takes a harsh stance on Google in covering patent related litigation, has revealed that he’s being funded by Microsoft to create a new study related to “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing obligations”.

While mentioning his usually “anti-Google stance”, Google’s Matt Cutts points out on Google+ that Mueller is a patent analyst and “not a lawyer”, and also links to a post discussing the study.

Mueller explains:

“Microsoft has commissioned this study. I will present my findings next year in a published report. The industry at large relies and depends on FRAND commitments. So does Microsoft, which owns a significant number of standards-essential patents but licenses many more of them from other right holders. Given the strength of Microsoft’s patent portfolio and the large scale of its inbound and outbound licensing activities, I am proud that they are interested in my analysis of, and perspective on, the related issues.”

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8 Responses to “Patent analyst accused of anti-Google stance funded by Microsoft”

  1. drob says:

    Mueller has been consistently biased against Google, it doesn't matter whether MSFT was/is behind it or not, people should see through his bias even without this news.

  2. Sumit says:

    Mueller has provided a very balanced view of the patent battles all over the world between the tech giants. He is a patent analyst/professional. So if Microsoft is using his services and he is providing a disclaimer it's lame to accuse him of being a schill. Follow him @FOSSPatents and decided for yourself if he's anti-google or not. I know for sure he doesn't use a WP7 ;-)…

  3. Sumit says:

    Mueller has provided a very balanced view of the patent battles all over the world between the tech giants. He is a patent analyst/professional. So if Microsoft is using his services and he is providing a disclaimer, it's rather lame to accuse him of being open. Follow him on @FOSSPatents if you really want to know the kind of analysis he provides.

  4. asdf says:

    What a terribly misleading headline. It implies that Microsoft funded his supposedly "anti-Google" stance which is obviously not true, even according to this very article. What gives?

  5. pradeep says:

    FYI, Microsoft commissioned his study only after he wrote about Google's weakness in IP.

    • Relwal says:

      Mueller only disclosed his funding by Microsoft after he wrote about Google's weakness in IP.

      Now we can officially refer to Mueller by his new title "Microsoft-funded anti-Google IP law enthusiast and blogger"

  6. mufate7 says:

    seriously microsoft should get a life