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Old 09-08-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Open Invention Network purchases former Microsoft patents

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According to a report published online by the Wall Street Journal, the Open Invention Network (OIN) has announced plans to purchase 22 former Microsoft patents. The consortium consists of numerous major software and hardware firms, including a number of Linux distributors; it is currently systematically setting up a portfolio of patents to protect the Linux ecosystem from charges of patent violation. In return for the promise not to use their own patents against Linux, OIN members can license the patents for free.



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