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BusinessWeek: A Way to Hammer at Windows

Jan 13, 2005, 15:15 (6 Talkback[s])

"Big Blue collects about $1 billion a year in licensing fees from its hoard of 40,000 patents. So it came as quite a surprise to some on Jan. 11 when IBM pledged to make 500 of its software patents, valued at about $10 million, freely available to open-source software projects such as the Linux operating system and the Apache Web page server software. Why would IBM allow others to use its intellectual property free of charge?

"In a word: Microsoft. The move is central to IBM's efforts to fend off Microsoft and its Windows monopoly..."

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