Arguendo writes: Julie Bort at Network World reports that Microsoft's recent annual report says it is currently fighting more than 50 patent infringement suits, "10 of which are set for trial in fiscal year 2010." She speculates that Microsoft may be losing far more in licensing fees than it's gaining. "Other than calling payouts "a cost of doing business" what other option does Microsoft have but to try to collect on intellectual property on the one hand, while paying damages with the other? And if that's the case, will we see a Microsoft that becomes more aggressive to collect on intellectual property? I fear so."