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Microsoft Exec Touts Mixed Source Ventures

Oct 21, 2008, 14:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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