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"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

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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.
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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"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

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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