Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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RE: OIN? Are you serious?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 22:36 UTC in reply to "OIN? Are you serious?"
Thom_Holwerda
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$4.5 BILLION is at stake. If you think that's going to be forsaken in the name of patent egalitarianism you've been spending way too much time with the unicorns.

In the absolute best case scenario the DOJ will force the licensees to agree to some type of 'fair' patent licensing policy (which Microsoft and Apple will still be happy with because it will raise the 'price' of Android).

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Why don't you just read the link? They did it for the Novel patents - why wouldn't they do it for the Nortel patents?

"In order to address competition concerns of the department, CPTN and its owners have revised their agreements to provide that:

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All of the Novell patents will be acquired subject to the GNU General Public License, Version 2, a widely adopted open-source license, and the Open Invention Network (OIN) License, a significant license for the Linux System;

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Edited 2011-08-04 22:36 UTC

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