He doesn't need the money, so why is he acting like a patent troll?
Patent trolls, which do nothing with patents but hold them until someone creates something real and then they try to swoop in to grab profits, have everything to gain and little to lose though by attacking big companies. Alas, this fouled-up result of the U.S. patent system works well for trolls. But, why should Allen do this?
Now, I think I know why Oracle is doing what it's doing, a lot of other Oracle watchers agree with me. Oracle wants to make money in the short term and trying to reestablish control over the Java family in the long run. Lots of luck with that last one by the way Oracle.
But, as to what Allen is doing ... I don't have a clue. Again, he has more riches than many countries. Microsoft surely didn't want him to do it.
I think Microsoft will be the ones closest to him to suffer. If I were a multi-billion-dollar company, I'd be tempted to use my own patent arsenal on the source of Allen's wealth: Microsoft. Surely he doesn't want that. No one in big business, except patent trolls, would.
Besides, as I said, I don't think these patents have any chance of standing up to a PTO (Patent and Trademark Office) review. Oracle's patents are very shaky. Allen's patents could stand as examples of why the PTO isn't competent to grant IP (intellectual property) patents. They also stand as fine instances of why granting IP patents of any kind is a dumb move anyway.
The ultimate result of this, even if it doesn't end up with a gigantic corporate patent war, will be to increase prices on technology as companies pour money into patent attacks and defense. You didn't think those companies were going to pull that money out of profits did you? Thanks Mr. Allen. We appreciate it.