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[4]: interesting...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: interesting..."
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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..."
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The patents are supposedly written so the user who RUNS the software is liable.

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RE[6]: interesting...
by archiesteel on Sat 9th Jun 2007 00:49 in reply to "RE[5]: interesting..."
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Yes, well, let's just say that I'd be really curious to see this end up in court...

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