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'PatentGate,' One Year Later: Microsoft Against the Open-Source World

May 21, 2008, 13:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lai)

"It was just over a year ago that Microsoft Corp. dropped a bombshell of a claim: users of Linux and open-source software were unwittingly violating as many as 235 Microsoft software patents.

"'This is not a case of some accidental, unknowing infringement,' Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's vice-president of intellectual property and licensing, told Fortune magazine at the time. 'There is an overwhelming number of patents being infringed.'

"Since then, critics say Microsoft has played the 'good cop, bad cop' routine with the open-source camp..."

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