Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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RE: Patents
by Delgarde on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:49 UTC in reply to "Patents"
Delgarde
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I don't think Thom was implying that their patent claims would be running afoul of GPL patent provisions.

Rather, it's that they can't seriously complain about patent infringement by the Linux project when they themselves are a major contributor to that project. Their contributions may not be related to the areas in question, but it's still bad for the credibility of any patent claims they might make...

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