Microsoft and Linux : The Specter of Patent Litigation and the Need for Patent Reform

Over at ars technica Ryan Paul headlines his November 21, 2006 article as Microsoft: we agree to disagree with Novell on Linux patent infringements, and – after an analysis of the patent infringement threats – concludes:

Although readers may be inclined to judge and condemn Microsoft or Novell for this latest round of shenanigans, I think that would be counter-productive. The real culprit in this case is the patent system that makes this kind of situation possible. Microsoft’s threats illuminate the necessity of patent reform, particularly as it relates to software.

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