This clears nothing up
Posted Nov 27, 2006 20:07 UTC (Mon) by niner
In reply to: This clears nothing up
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
But our editor seems to have been satisfied enough with the answer to not inquiry further.
One can look at it this way: real or not, Novell's customers don't want to risk any patent threats. So Novell made this dead with Microsoft, regardless of them not knowing of any infrigments. Customers want their insurance, and they got it.
The monetary value is calculated by the risk of an infrigment. They only say that there is a certain chance without knowing anything concrete and multiplied it by the money involved.
And let's face it: the chance is there and always has been. There are just too many patents to not step on one, and a part of them belongs to Microsoft. As a part of them belongs to Microsoft, so for Microsoft there's a chance too, that they are infriging.
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