Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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KDE e.V. Joins Open Invention Network
by lemur2 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 23:03 UTC
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http://dot.kde.org/2010/12/21/kde-ev-joins-open-invention-network

While KDE maintains our position against software patents, this development provides an additional safety net for KDE when it comes to the risks Free Software is facing from such patents today.


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Actually, it gives us more. It gives us a license (and protection) to the 800 patents that Novell is selling to CPTN. And or to any other pattents that the OIN partners might sell in the future. Without being part of OIN we would not get that kind of protection.

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