CyberTech Rambler

May 14, 2007

Linux infringes our patents … but we dare not sue

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 11:00 am

Finally, we got the truth from Mirosoft. Linux infringes our patents, but we prefers to go on the airwaves than to test it in court. Fortune characterization of Microsoft’s response to the question on Patents:

Gutierrez [A Microsoft Guy] refuses to identify specific patents or explain how they’re being infringed, lest FOSS advocates start filing challenges to them.

Thanks for Patent-O for pointing it out. If a patent is bad, it is bound to be challenged, just give your opponents a reason to challenge it. This statement is inaccurate because what Microsoft actually fear is that it is found infringing on patents held  by people in the open source arena in a counter-suit. This is made more likely with a framework for open source patent defense.

Haven’t we heard this before? I mean didn’t we have a study before (by an almost independent body) that said open source potentially  infringes 200+ patents.

We don’t need to go to law courts. Groklaw summerize why Microsoft will not sue. But this does not stop them generated hot air over it.

Hot air is just hot air. May be SCO’s hot air is getting too cold and Microsoft has decided to step in.

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