In a surprise announcement earlier today at the Open Source Business Conference, Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that Novell would be contributing to the EFF's Patent Busting project. In addition, the two entities will work for legislation and policies that will "promote innovation," specifically targeting the World Intellectual Property Organization. May 23, 2007 Infoworld Novell and EFF team on patent reform Paul Roberts
Fresh off a stinging round of criticism at the Open Source Business Conference for its licensing deal with Microsoft, Novell Inc. made an effort to change the discussion today, announcing a deal with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to reform patents worldwide.
"EFF has long been at the forefront in addressing the key challenges of the digital age, including worldwide intellectual property issues," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "The support of Novell - a company founded on the proprietary software development model but now strongly embracing the open source approach - will be a great boon to our efforts to rid the industry of innovation-killing patents. We hope Novell's example encourages other software vendors to join the effort."