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[3]: Remarkable
by Laurence on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Remarkable"
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Again, Microsoft is paying LG for access to their intellectual property. They made the CHOICE to agree upon and sign the contract.

I'm well aware of that, but how much arm twisting was envolved before LG 'chose' to sign that contract?

I doubt a company like LG would sell their IP unless they were either pushed into it or offered a very very sweet deal. Going by MS's past tactics I wonder how much of the latter went into the negotiations with LG

Edited 2007-06-08 16:02

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RE[4]: Remarkable
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Remarkable"
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Now you're making assumptions. I'd only rather deal with what we know. LG executives are big boys, I'm sure they can handle themselves.

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