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Patent Covenant Agreement Gave Novell Access to Microsoft IP

May 15, 2007, 14:15 (8 Talkback[s])
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"The controversial patent agreement between Microsoft and Novell included an intellectual property agreement that gave Novell's engineers access to Microsoft code, as well as a covenant not to sue each other's customers, Novell has confirmed.

"The two companies announced their patent deal in November 2006 as part of a wider interoperability effort but described it as a covenant not to sue each other's customers in order to avoid falling foul of the GNU General Public License used for Linux..."

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