patents

This is a must read if you or your organization associated with open source software project. If you are interested in a basic understanding of the legal issues that impact FOSS development and distribution, this primer is for you. The guide, written for developers, has sections on copyrights, trademarks, patents, organizational structure and other legal […]

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds, in an interview being made public by the Linux Foundation Tuesday, stressed that version 2 of the GPL (GNU General Public License) still makes the most sense for the Linux kernel over the newer GPL version 3. Among GPL 3 highlights are protections against patent infringement lawsuits and provisions for license […]

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From the Groklaw Page: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state. The first ever patent infringement litigation involving Linux. […]

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This is really good news. Both Redhat and Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) has rejected nasty Microsoft patent deals. Following Linux distributions and companies made a patent deals with Microsoft: [a] Novell Suse Linux [b] Linspire Linux desktop [c] Xandros Linux desktop [d] LG Electronics The drama started last November, when Microsoft inked a deal with […]

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