Some individual or company has a patent on nearly everything that Texas residents use. This even includes the digital entertainment guides television viewers scroll through in order to find their favorite shows. Rovi Corp. claims to hold patents on several of those guides, but a federal judge recently ruled that patent law was not on their side in a dispute with Netflix.
Texas readers might say that Microsoft is far from shy about defending its patents. The software giant has used patent law to make sure that no one uses its patents without its permission and/or proper compensation. Even if Microsoft is aggressive in the defense of its intellectual property, it has the right to be. A good deal of a the value of a company like Microsoft rests in its intellectual property.