But also look at a lot of what their R&D is based on.

IBM: Hardware
MS: Software ... with a significant amount devoted to user interface

It seems the hardware based R&D would "show" larger impact.  When was the
last time we say any thing software oriented that was "revolutionary"?

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Mangham" <randy.mangham@home.com>
To: <midrange-l@midrange.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 9:44 PM
Subject: Re: IBM Claims Patent Crown Again

> To be fair, MS did patent some seemingly inventive things as well (and IBM
> did patent a few things that don't sound that complex) but most of MS's
> patents don't seem that dramatic compared to the research performed at IBM
> especially given that MS's R&D budget is nearly the same as IBM's. I'm
> willing to bet that IBM's R&D $ yield more real invention than MS's $ do.
> Randy Mangham
> Pacific Crest Consulting
> San Diego CA

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