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Novell, Patent Busters

Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be teaming up to address the "patent issue" on an international basis, an apparent follow-up to Novell's espoused strategy regarding software patents in South Africa and an attempt to clean up their tarnished image in the community.

Novell issued a statement saying that the company would work with EFF to lobby governments and national and international organizations to develop patent legislation and policies that promote innovation.

In particular, Novell and EFF plan to appeal to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to encourage the group to take a global approach to patent reform.

Novell will help fund EFF's "Patent Busting" program, which was launched in 2004. That project tries to identify prior art that can knock down patents that impose heavy burdens on software developers and Internet users.

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