ITWeb: License free code from us, or we'll sue, says Microsoft's IP lawyer
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Date: 23 Oct 2008 19:06
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Microsoft needs to get rid of its chief IP lawyer and its patent strategy if it wants further efforts at interoperability to be taken seriously by open source vendors and users. In at least two interviews with IT publications this week, Horacio Gutierrez reaffirmed that the company intends to try and force open source companies to sign patent licensing deals or face lawsuits. "If every effort to license proves not to be fruitful, ultimately we have a responsibility to customers that have licences and to our shareholders to ensure our intellectual property is respected," he told Cnet News.
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