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]: interesting...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: interesting..."
sappyvcv
Member since:
2005-07-06

"There is an accepted legal principle in IP law that the plaintiff must mitigate damages, i.e. that it must inform the alleged infringer as soon as possible in order to minimize the impact of the infringement."

Bolded the key part. We don't know what they showed Novell, Xandros or LG.

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RE[4]: interesting...
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:08 in reply to "RE[3]: interesting..."
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

Those companies said MS didn't show them anything!

Edited 2007-06-08 19:08

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RE[5]: interesting...
by tomcat on Sun 10th Jun 2007 00:27 in reply to "RE[4]: interesting..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Those companies said MS didn't show them anything!

It wasn't necessary for them to see anything. They get the dual benefits of indemnification from Microsoft and cross-licensing of technology. W

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RE[4]: interesting...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:20 in reply to "RE[3]: interesting..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Novell has gone on the record saying that they do *not* believe that the Linux kernel infringes on any Microsoft patents. For all we know, MS didn't show them anything.

In any case, the alleged infringer here wouldn't be Novell, Xandros or LG, but the kernel developers. The longer they wait before showing the kernel devs the alleged infringement, the more it hurts their case.

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RE[5]: interesting...
by DigitalAxis on Sat 9th Jun 2007 00:31 in reply to "RE[4]: interesting..."
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

The patents are supposedly written so the user who RUNS the software is liable.

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