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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Microsoft and UNIX patents
by Javier O. Augusto on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:15 UTC
Javier O. Augusto
Member since:
2005-08-10

Tell me who in this world "patents" something just because they want to? Instead, you do just for the sake of making profit out of it.

Fact is that Microsoft does hold UNIX patents. Nobody's saying anything about rippin' off "code" or something else, just pure "patent infringement". Read more about it if you feel so..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_infringement

So IMHO, that's the only weapon Microsoft has against "Linux", not even GNU land, just LINUX. And they've just started using it...

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RE: Microsoft and UNIX patents
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:06 in reply to "Microsoft and UNIX patents"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

People also patent things so someone else doesn't go and patent it them sue them. It's a sad state of affairs but it is the reality.

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RE: Microsoft and UNIX patents
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:22 in reply to "Microsoft and UNIX patents"
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

"Fact is that Microsoft does hold UNIX patents."

Where is that a fact? Isn't UNIX from the 70s and any patents now long expired, since they're supposed to only last 20 years? (although I don't think people had software patents until the 80s)

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