Linux Proponents to Buy Patents Held by Microsoft to Avoid Patent Litigation
September 8, 2009
Several proponents of Linux, a popular open-source software program, will buy patents formerly held by Technology giant Microsoft Corp to avoid patent litigation in US court.
The Open Invention Network (OIN), an organization that includes Sony, IBM, Philips, Red Hat, NEC, and Novell, is planning to purchase 22 patents of Linux which were formerly held by Microsoft but then acquired by Allied Security Trust (AST) after it won in a private auction.
AST is a group of technology firms that buys patents to protect its members which include HP, IBM, and Verizon from patent infringement charges.
According to previous reports, Microsoft said that Linux has violated more than 235 of its patents.
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