Is Microsoft Ready to Assert IP Rights over the Internet?

Has Microsoft been trying to retroactively claim IP (intellectual property) rights over many of the Internet’s basic protocols? Larry J. Blunk, senior engineer for networking research and development at Merit Network Inc., believes that might be the case. Here is a posting from slashdot:,1759,1714680,00.asp

The list of protocols listed as part of MS IP is quite a list indeed, dhcp, dns wow?..
Protocol License Agreement