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Software Makers Grab Linux Patents To Avoid Lawsuits

Law360 (November 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In an effort to reduce litigation over the patents for open source operating system Linux, five major software companies have formed an alliance that will buy up the patents for Linux and offer to license them royalty free to software developers.

IBM, Red Hat, Sony Corp., Philips Electronics, and Novell have all contributed funds to create the Open Invention Network, a non-profit group that will offer licenses for Linux in exchange for companies agreeing not to assert their patents against other companies that use the operating...
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