PCMag: Will Patent Battles End Free Linux?
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Date: 25 Dec 2007 17:23
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Some big tech companies are also claiming open-source apps and OSs have pilfered their technologies. For example, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer has hinted in interviews at possible patent litigation against GNU/Linux distributors, but so far has offered no specifics. In 2006, Microsoft reached an agreement with Novell that provides indemnification and shields Novell's SUSE Linux division against patent lawsuits—at least for now. "The Linux intellectual property issue has been recognized," says Mark Martin, a Microsoft spokesperson. "There is IP overlap between our portfolio and open-source software components."
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