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Old 03-31-2016, 11:40 AM   #1
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SCO vs IBM: 13-year-old Linux dispute returns as SCO files new appeal


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NOW-DEFUNCT UNIX VENDOR SCO, which claimed that Linux infringed its intellectual property and sought as much as $5bn in compensation from IBM, has filed notice of yet another appeal in the 13-year-old dispute.

The appeal comes after a ruling at the end of February when SCO's arguments claiming intellectual property ownership over parts of Unix were rejected by a US district court. That judgment noted that SCO had minimal resources to defend counter-claims filed by IBM due to SCO's bankruptcy.

In a filing, Judge David Nuffer argued that "the nature of the claims are such that no appellate court would have to decide the same issues more than once if there were any subsequent appeals", effectively suggesting that the case had more than run its course.

On 1 March, that filing was backed up by the judge's full explanation, declaring IBM the emphatic victor in the long-running saga.

"IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that pursuant to the orders of the court entered on July 10, 2013, February 5, 2016, and February 8, 2016, judgment is entered in favour of the defendant and plaintiff's causes of action are dismissed with prejudice," stated the document.

Now, though, SCO has filed yet again to appeal that judgment, although the precise grounds it is claiming haven't yet been disclosed.

SCO is being represented by the not-inexpensive law firm of Boise, Schiller & Flexner, which successfully represented the US government against Microsoft in the antitrust case in the late 1990s. Although SCO is officially bankrupt, it's unclear who continues to bankroll the case. Its one remaining "asset" is its claims for damages against IBM.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:21 AM   #2
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Didn't it also come out that Novell practically owned all trademarks to UNIX and SCO had made claims that were not theirs to make to even begin with?
 
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"it's unclear who continues to bankroll the case. Its one remaining "asset" is its claims for damages against IBM.
Likely lawyers who smell money.
 
Old 04-03-2016, 07:43 PM   #4
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Likely lawyers who smell money.
I'm not sure lawyers are that risk averse. If this was in the bag, it wouldn't have taken 13 years to happen.

I don't know, either. How about Oracle?
 
  


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