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Microsoft and Patents

 
 
Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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      05-19-2009
Did you know that, for many years, Microsoft forced Windows resellers to
sign a contract that prevented them from asserting any patent claims against
it?

Then came the Eolas case, and Microsoft was on the losing end of a half-
billion-dollar patent claim. After that it abandoned the non-assertion-of-
patents idea, and looked at patent cross-licensing instead.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/05/making-microsoft-nicer-through-patents.ars>

 
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