LinuxDevices: Microsoft suit "provocative," legal eagle says
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Date: 02 Mar 2009 15:38
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Microsoft's lawsuit against Linux devicemaker TomTom is "clearly a provocation," and the action will ultimately make the open source community stronger. So said Keith Bergelt, CEO of the Open Invention Network (OIN), in a brief interview with LinuxDevices a day after the suit came to light. Bergelt said, "The OIN, Software Freedom Law Center, and the Linux Foundation are unified in our view that it is an act of provocation. The people concerned about patent issues around open source are firmly allied and prepared to support TomTom." Bergelt added, "The community has matured well beyond the days of SCO. Look at the reaction then, versus now. Today, we understand that patent suits are part of life, whether they come from a troll, or from a troll within a multi-billion dollar organization like Microsoft." Bergelt seemed confident that the open community has little to worry about from the new suit over this patent. He said, "These patents are fairly well-understood. Now, they've been the s
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