"InfoWorld: It was a couple of years ago that Steve Ballmer said
Linux infringed on Microsoft patents. Has Microsoft ever divulged
those patents and does it plan to do that?
"Gutierrez: We start by saying that the fact that certain
products might infringe on Microsoft patents is not really that
interesting. Any company that has a significant portfolio would be
able to say that about many products, whether they're open source
or proprietary. What is significant here is that these are issues
that can and are being solved through the mechanism of licensing.
That is when my work and the work of the IP licensing team at
Microsoft comes in, by turning those situations into potential
collaborations that really answer what customers want."