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How Much is Microsoft's Patent Protection Worth?

Oct 02, 2007, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"I was reading Dave Rosenberg's commentary on Novell's patent deal with Microsoft, and got to thinking about how much 'protection' there actually is in the relationship. Novell has been selling this protection hard to its SUSE prospects ('Linux is scary because Microsoft might sue. But we have a deal with Microsoft...;). Extortion? Sure. But for some it seems that integrity has a price.

"For those who can't be bought, just how much protection are you missing? Not very much, it seems to me, and to a range of open-source legal experts I emailed to solicit their opinions..."

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