What does Microsoft joining the Open Invention Network mean for you?


Technology changed forever when Microsoft opened its patents by joining the Open Invention Network (OIN). The traditional enemy of all things open source is now not just using or contributing to open source, it's allowing other OIN members to use its 60,000 patent portfolio royalty free on the Linux system. Moreover, it's enabling its OIN brothers and sisters to use these patents to defend against patent trolls. Before going further, let me say: I am not a lawyer. But I have spoken to numerous intellectual property (IP) attorneys, and this is the gist of what the deal means.

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