Cnet: Microsoft's intent on forcing IP into IT talk
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Feb 2009 14:06
Number of posts: 1
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Only Microsoft knows, and it's not telling, despite repeated requests for Microsoft to open up on the patents it alleges that Linux violates. It's fine for Gutierrez to claim that intellectual property is the foundation for competition and cooperation, but when Microsoft is only willing to cooperate behind closed doors, it smacks of extortion, not partnership. Microsoft has aggressively been acquiring patents over the years--10,000 of them now--and undoubtedly, these come in handy when doing broad cross-licensing pacts with other patent giants, such as IBM. But it's unclear why patents must be the gateway to cooperation, a fact pointed out by Microsoft's recent interoperability partnership with Red Hat, which included no patent licenses.
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