Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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RE: patents
by borker on Tue 9th Oct 2007 18:47 UTC in reply to "patents"
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but of course you have to have a valid patent that stands up as novel, non-trivial and with out examples of prior art existing that is being knowingly violated and covers an area of code impossible to remove. The chances of that are extremely small.

- A LOT of the patents MS own are for either trivial technologies or ones that have ample bodies of prior art.
- There is almost nothing they can patent that can't be worked around or removed.
- And thats before OIN step in with it's portfolio to counter sue.
- And it ignores the mountains of bad press and publicity that would come from MS playing the patent troll game (it would be like SCO * 1000).
- And it would only apply in the US and a few countries unlucky enough to have agreed to US style patent frameworks.
- And it would probably spell the end of US style patent system with the fall out of a case like this.
- And it would deter the Europeans from ever putting one in place.

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