Dead Solid Pluperfect

A Hot Buttered Guff™ Production

Introduction

In 1986, I formed a company called Blueberry Software for the purpose of selling an import/export document conversion product called Filtrix. The product was written entirely by yours truly and represented a shining moment of achievement in an otherwise undistinguished life. For the next twenty years, Blueberry rode the roller coaster of the PC industry and the rise to power and domination of Microsoft. Along the way, Blueberry formed contractual alliances with companies such as Corel, Applix, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, and others. In the year 2000, a contractual alliance was formed with a company called Arbortext, which has since been purchased by a company called Parametric Technology.

It is that contract with Arbortext, and its outrageous abuse, which is examined thoroughly in the story which is told in this space. It is my belief that this story of intellectual property thievery in the software industry is not an isolated occurrence, but rather more like the norm. What is not like the norm are the actions taken by Arbortext after they were caught cheating, and the extraordinary conspiracy which unfolded in the court rooms and board rooms of America to enable the cheating to go unpunished and uncorrected.

The story is told in narrative form so as to make it slightly more appealing to readers who are not attorneys. I.e., to avoid being deadly boring. Humor has also been injected liberally throughout. To further spice up the drama, this sordid tale is published despite the threatening correspondence received by this author from Parametric Technology’s legal counsel, Michael Palizzi, of the Michigan law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone. That brief, yet ominous, warning can be viewed here.

But it is not the end result that is the interest here. It is the road to that result that is the story. Not even Mr. Toad would survive this ride. Buckle up and off we go!

Feel free to leave a comment or you can contact me directly at steve@blueberrysoftware.com


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