EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.15.08

Novell Part of the Software Patents Problem, Not Its Solution

Posted in Courtroom, FSF, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Open XML, Patents at 10:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mono Microsoft brain

About a year ago, Novell joined forced with the EFF. It needed to give the impression that it was just as concerned as many of us about patents. But meanwhile, Novell advocates the very same thing it purports to be fighting.

Novell initiatives

[...]

They are presented with opportunities for patents and papers and to participate in Standards Bodies with an exposure to a worldwide platform. They closely work with the corporate L&D function to provide management development programs for the managers.

[...]

Patent program—They have been aggressively building up their patent portfolio. Currently it exceeds 320 patents, and continues to grow every month with help from dedicated Novell inventors. Novell IDC alone has contributed close to 14 patents to this existing patent pool.

Bravo, Novell. Everyone is very impressed. Not.

Meanwhile, what have we in the news? Another company attacks its rivals using patents of course.

Seagate Technology, the largest maker of computer hard drives, made a pre-emptive strike against an emerging competitor on Monday when it filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing STEC Inc. of patent infringement.

Also from news, watch how 4G technology is already being arranged in a discriminatory way — discriminatory in the sense that Free software players seem to be excluded.

The companies involved – Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, NEC, NextWave Wireless, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Sony Ericsson – have all agreed to a framework based around fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing, which should prevent the kind of ongoing patent spats which dogged 3G technologies.

What would be the terms of use to those who haven’t things to ‘license’? Must everyone put development on the ice and organise piles of papers in order to merely participate in communication? Recall OpenMoko's dilemma. Since when are protocols requiring software patents and has nobody learned from past miseries?

The notion of patents becoming an inherent or essential part of a standard is something to learn from at least based on precedence. The same type of principles apply to a variety of things including Microsoft’s taxoperability program and OOXML, which is, whether we accept it or not, a patent trap, among many other things.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. cuss said,

    April 16, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Gravatar

    ” But meanwhile, Novell advocates the very same thing it purports to be fighting.”

    Pffff…

    “Red Hat to fund free patents for open source”
    http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/opensource/0,3800004943,39151281,00.htm

    “Bravo, Novell. Everyone is very impressed. Not.”
    Still waiting for Red Hat to disclose how many of OIN’s 320+ patents they have contributed…

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from a known (eet), pseudonymous, nymshifting, abusive Internet troll that posts from open proxies and relays around the world.

  2. cuss said,

    April 16, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Gravatar

    “But meanwhile, Novell advocates the very same thing it purports to be fighting.”

    Pffff…

    “Red Hat to fund free patents for open source”
    http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/opensource/0,3800004943,39151281,00.htm

    “Bravo, Novell. Everyone is very impressed. Not.”
    Still waiting for Red Hat to disclose how many of OIN’s 320+ patents they have contributed…

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from a known (eet), pseudonymous, nymshifting, abusive Internet troll that posts from open proxies and relays around the world.

  3. Logan said,

    April 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Gravatar

    You completely misunderstood Novell. They are leading the way, man. They have the vision. They contribute the most. And they know how to stay legal. Linux without tax is stealing.
    They also know that Linux isn’t going nowhere without adopting all Microsoft’s technologies. And they have the moral high ground. This is very important, see here:

    http://zonker.opensuse.org/2008/04/15/is-opensolaris-going-nowhere

  4. CoolGuy said,

    April 16, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Gravatar

    I suppose M$ is going no where without Linux. They are getting PWNED real big.

    Only thing that comes out of M$ is just PR nowadays and paper launches. Their products are broken beyond any hope.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Gravatar

    Still waiting for Red Hat to disclose how many of OIN’s 320+ patents they have contributed…

    Contributing to OIN is one thing. Cross-licensing in an exclusionary way (Linux technology, but only for Novell) with a convicted monopolist that then uses this for extortion is another thing.

What Else is New


  1. Web Site 'Patent Progress' Now Officially 'Powered by CCIA' (FRAND Proponent, Microsoft Front)

    After talking a job at CCIA, "Patent Progress" and its chief author should be treated as dubious on real patent progress



  2. Articles About the Death of Software Patents in the United States

    Recent coverage of software patents and their demise in their country of origin, where even proponents of software patents are giving up



  3. The Death of Software Patents is Already Killing Some Major Patent Trolls

    VirnetX seems to be the latest victim of the demise of software patents in the United States



  4. More Microsoft Layoffs

    More Microsoft layoffs go ahead as the company is unable to compete



  5. ODF on the Rise

    Milestones for OpenDocument Format (ODF) and the launch of FixMyDocuments



  6. Links 17/9/2014: CoreOS, ChromeOS, and systemd

    Links for the day



  7. Italy is Cracking Down on Microsoft's Monopoly Abuse While Gradually Moving to GNU/Linux

    Italy is not only moving to Free/Open Source software but also to GNU/Linux while at the same time barring Microsoft from forcibly tying Windows to new PCs



  8. OpenSUSE's 'Assurances' Are Classic MBA School Hogwash

    OpenSUSE is not part of any commitment, except for SUSE's; the impact of the Novell/SUSE acquisition casts uncertainty on the project's future



  9. Links 16/9/2014: Firefox OS Smartphones in Bangladesh, “Treasure Map” of the Internet

    Links for the day



  10. The United Kingdom Should Dump Microsoft For the Sake of National Security

    The UK has issues of Microsoft dependency and Windows viruses; its migration to Free software and GNU/Linux is not fast enough to guard its autonomy in the age of digital imperialism



  11. CBS Hires Even More Microsoft Staff to Cover Microsoft Matters

    CBS continues to be infested with Microsoft staff past and present (this time Dave Johnson) and the bias in output is quite revealing



  12. Microsoft Has Just Killed Minecraft for GNU/Linux and the Possibility of Free/Open Source Releases

    Persson sells out to Microsoft and lets the abusive monopolist destroy the popular cross-platform game that a community has been built around



  13. Another Reason to Boycott Intel UEFI

    More anti-competitive aspects are revealed inside UEFI, which helps merginalise GNU/Linux



  14. Quick Mention: Novell and SUSE Passed to Microsoft's 'Partner of the Year', Microsoft Focus

    Novell is changing hands again, and falling into the hands of even more Microsoft-friendly actors



  15. Links 16/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC5, KDE Frameworks 5.2.0

    Links for the day



  16. Željko Topić, Benoît Battistelli, and the European Patent Office (EPO): Part II

    Part II of our look into the EPO appointment of Željko Topić and other matters showing the dubious integrity of the EPO



  17. Links 14/9/2014: Android-based Watches Earn Optimism

    Links for the day



  18. Links 14/9/2014: Eucalyptus Devoured

    Links for the day



  19. Links 11/9/2014: Linux Toilet Project, Linux-Based Wheelchair Project

    Links for the day



  20. Links 10/9/2014: Brian Stevens in Google, Ubuntu 14.10 Expectations

    Links for the day



  21. Links 9/9/2014: Hating/Loving Linux, Android Aplenty

    Links for the day



  22. Links 8/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC 4, Switzerland Welcoming Snowden

    Links for the day



  23. Suspicion of High-Level Corruption at the European Patent Office (EPO): Part I

    The European Patent Office (EPO) Vice-President has a background of corruption and his appointment to the EPO too is believed to be reliant on systemic corruption



  24. Links 6/9/2014: Core OS at DigitalOcean, Women in Xorg

    Links for the day



  25. Software Patents 'Quality' Debated in Courts, Microsoft's Biggest Patent Troll Still a Chronic Liar

    Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft's and Bill Gates' largest patent proxy, continues to spread lies about its motivations, claiming that patent assessment is among the goals when in fact only the courts and patent offices do this



  26. New Article Explains How Bill Gates Prevents Schools From Moving to GNU/Linux and Free Software

    A new article from Al Jazeera provides details about the role of so-called 'charities' of billionaires inside school systems



  27. Microsoft Sued for Large-scale Copyright Abuses

    Microsoft reveals its disregard for copyright law which it loves so much to wield as a weapon against its competition and clients



  28. Links 5/9/2014: New WordPress, Systemd Debate Continues

    Links for the day



  29. 'Embrace and Extend' at Microsoft: The New Generation

    Some of the latest examples of Microsoft's predatory acts against Free software and against competition in general, disguised as acts of friendliness



  30. Bill Gates' God Complex: Common Core a One-Man Campaign of Greed and Control

    The push for Common Core is overwhelmingly dominated by Bill Gates, who intimidates and even resorts to retribution against critics while bribing those who help him accomplish the goal of privatised (for his private profit) indoctrination in US schools


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts