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Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000 of its patents available to customers who use Azure services as something of a protection racket; the patents are ‘broadly representative of Microsoft’s overall patent portfolio and are the result of years of cutting-edge innovation’, according to the company.

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