Microsoft Linux-Patent FUD Seeps into Devices

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-06-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: Microsoft and LG Electronics announce a patent cross-license agreement to enable LG to use Microsoft-patented technology in its product lines, including in its Linux-based embedded devices. (Linux-Watch)

Microsoft and LG Electronics, best known for its DVD players, home theater systems and cell phones, announced on June 7 that they have entered into a patent cross-license agreement to enable LG to use Microsoft patented technology in its product lines, including in its Linux-based embedded devices. In turn, Microsoft will have access to LGs patents. Microsoft will also be able to license other LG-developed patents that are now owned by its business solutions provider, the MicroConnect Group, a home and SMB (small and midsize business) system integrator.
To read more about Microsofts patent threats against Linux, click here.
The specific financial terms of the agreement are confidential; however, the parties are disclosing that Microsoft will be making a net balancing payment to LG and MicroConnect for patents related to operating systems and computer systems. For its part, LG will be making ongoing payments to Microsoft for the value of Microsoft patents as they relate to Linux-based embedded devices that LG produces.
In the announcement of the deal, Microsoft included what appears to be its new boilerplate wording about how Microsoft "has focused on patent agreements in the recent past [such as its recent Xandros deal and earlier Novell deal] to develop a best-practices model for protecting intellectual property (IP) and respecting the IP rights of others, as well as building bridges with an array of industry leaders." Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Microsoft Linux-Patent FUD Seeps into Devices Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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