Patent fights are fights about money. The secondary issue, the one that makes the headlines, is control. To really understand what's going on in the current patent posturing involving Microsoft, Novell, and a host of open-source companies and groups, it helps to keep those factors firmly in mind...

At one time, Novell was seen by many, thanks to its patent partnership with Microsoft, as being at least partly on Microsoft's side in the patent debate. Novell has always denied this. The recent publication of the bulk of the companies' patent agreement seems to support Novell's position. In addition, Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined forces on May 23 seeking to reform software patent law and attack patents that impose particularly heavy burdens on software developers by identifying prior art that can be used to invalidate such patents.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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