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Comment Dammit, would people stop saying this? (Score 5, Informative) 1424

"Microsoft needs to defend this patent lest they lose it."

You're confusing Trademark law with Patent law; Trademarks must be defended lest they be abandoned, patents can be enforced against some, all, or none of those infringing on the patent at the patent-holder's whim. The entire practice of "defensive patents" rests on this.

Your own mileage may vary.