Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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RE[2]: interesting...
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE: interesting..."
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It's done under NDA so people can't code around the patents AS MANY FS program have done in the past, or be able to call them out as obvious, or find prior art. The Supreme Court in the US has taken a very dim view on patents recently.

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