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01.13.07

More Proof that Novell Approves Need for Patents Covenants

Posted in Interoperability, Microsoft, Novell, Patent Covenant, Patents at 5:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A new Web site, moreinterop.com, has just made an appearance. It presents a letter signed by Steve Ballmer and Ron Hovsepian. Therein, Novell acknowledges that the deal is also concerned with patents—something that they previously try to deny (or flip-flopped on). From the letter:

Also, we have agreed to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for our leading products. This patent protection lets us offer our customers the highest levels of interoperability, with assurance that both companies stand behind their solutions. On a foundation of respect for software patents and other intellectual property, we have built a bridge for customers between the two worlds of open-source and proprietary software.

In other news, a couple of neighbouring billboards are joined to demonstare the invalidity of this recent deal.

Last month we couldn’t help but note (because I drive by it every day) a billboard extolling the virtues of the recent Microsoft/Novell “Bipartisan Computing” partnership. (Paid for by the newly minted couple, naturally.)

Seems I’m not the only one to take such note. Driving to work today I see this message plastered on the billboard directly opposite and across the highway from the first one:

[Photo here]

Take that Gates … and, you too, Hovsepian, I think. (Translating Shakespeare has never been a strong suit.)

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A Single Comment

  1. K Andersen said,

    January 14, 2007 at 2:42 am

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    There is actually nothing new in this “proof”. Sorry but this is just more FUD.

    See the content of the original press release.

    The patent cooperation agreement enables Microsoft and Novell to give customers assurance of protection against patent infringement claims. It gives customers confidence that the technologies they use and deploy in their environments are compliant with the two companies’ patents.

    As part of this agreement, Microsoft will provide a covenant not to assert its patent rights against customers who have purchased SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or other covered products from Novell, and Novell will provide an identical covenant to customers who have a licensed version of Windows or other covered products from Microsoft.

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