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ZDNet UK: IBM Accused of Hypocrisy over Patent Collaboration

Jan 11, 2005, 19:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"IBM's decision to allow open source developers to freely use hundreds of software patents was criticised as hypocritical by some anti-patent campaigners on Tuesday.

"On Monday IBM said it will allow open source developers the royalty-free use of 500 of its 10,000 US patents. However, Florian Mueller, the campaign manager of an anti-patent Web site, has accused IBM of hypocrisy as it is also lobbying the EU to push through the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, which many believe would allow software patenting in Europe..."

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