Novell Explains, Defends Microsoft Patent Agreement
Novell comes out swinging, defending both its patent deal with Microsoft and its record as an open-source supporter. (Linux-Watch)Novell on Nov. 7 explained how its recent patent agreement with Microsoft neither violates the GPL nor implies that Linux infringes on any of Microsofts patents. Additionally, "Novell entered this broad set of agreements with Microsoft to further promote the adoption of Linux," according to Novells senior VP and general counsel, Joseph A. LaSala, Jr. In particular, LaSala continued, "Many people want to know whether this agreement is compatible with Novells obligations under the GPL, especially section 7. This was an important consideration for us as well."
"Under the patent cooperation agreement, Novells customers receive directly from Microsoft a covenant not to sue. Novell does not receive a patent license or covenant not to sue from Microsoft, and we have not agreed with Microsoft to any condition that would contradict the conditions of the GPL.