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Re: [opensuse] Fact or Fiction? Possible Novell Ban
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 17:36:05 -0500
  • Message-id: <45CA5455.6060604@xxxxxxxxxx>
Patrick Shanahan wrote:
> * John E. Perry <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx> [02-04-07 23:38]:
>> Darryl Gregorash wrote:
>>> ...
>>> There are no MS patents in code in any GPL software. There never
>>> will be.
>> That is a statement that neither you nor anyone else outside of
>> Microsoft management can make. They have gotten thousands of
>> software patents in the past couple of years, and we don't know what
>> they cover, or, more to the point, what Microsoft will _say_ they
>> cover.
> And Mickey$oft's word is good for ????
Once they've got a patent, it has to be challenged. Remember what
happened with RIM and the Blackberry. They had to pay about 1/2 billion
for infringing on a patent that was well on it's way to being invalidated.

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