7th nov, 2007

Linux patents

For some years there has been a discussion of wether the Linux operating system is covered by patents. Steve Balmer has fanned the fire several times and last month Acacia filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell claiming patent infringement in their Linux products.

This has spurred Danny Graves from Linux.com into examining US patents mentioning “Linux”. He found that more than 4.600 issued and 16.000 pending patents mention Linux in their specification. Thats a lot and signals potential for more lawsuits involving the Linux operating system.

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