"I have pointed this out time and again. Like it or not, the
patent war is already here. Luckily, if it hits full throttle,
Google will be a part of it on the side of Linux vendors. Google
uses Linux and is ready to battle alongside the rest of Open
Invention Network, utilizing a collection of Linux patents against
Microsoft if it comes down to it. In short, we have ourselves a
virtual cold war of intellectual property (IP) propaganda.
"This virtual cold war, while providing protection from the
potential of Microsoft beginning an onslaught of lawsuits, does
little against the PR damage of fear from Microsoft suing corporate
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