Microsoft Patents + Open Source

May 15, 2007 at 10:40 am | Posted in intellectual property, Linux, Microsoft, technology | 1 Comment

Check out this article:
http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=B64949DF-6D27-4B0F-8C1A-D3A1E6F61343 regarding Microsoft saying that Linux and some open-source software infringes on 235 of their patents.

I am in no way “up to snuff” on legalese, but wouldn’t it be fair to nullify the patents if Microsoft doesn’t defend them? I mean, if you are going to make public that certain x, y, and z companies and/or software have infringed on your patents and then choose not to protect the your “intellectual property”, you are more or less granting a free pass.

I could go on and on about the state of intellectual property today (and someday I will), but in the meantime, Microsoft needs to take off their bully hat and join the rest of the world. Linux has been around too long for Microsoft to start hollering that there are patent infringements. Isn’t it a little late for MS to run to the victim table?  Couldn’t they embrace the open source community and therefore reap the benefits of mass intellect and collaboration?

Secondly, what does this say about Novell? Is this all a gimmick to beef up Novell so that Microsoft can acquire it or otherwise generate revenue via their relationship? I liked Novell before all of this crap, but now I’m starting to second guess the direction that the company is pursuing. What does all this mean for SuSe?

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  1. Microsoft Patents + Open Source .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.


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