Red Hat, Novell win verdict in Linux patent infringement case

Summary:More great news for Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell, which prevailed in a patent infringement case brought by IP Innovation.IP Innovation, a unit of Acacia Research and holder of multiple patent portfolios, alleged that the two Linux companies infringed three patents that protect computer GUIs that span multiple work sites and that allow users to access icons remotely, the court documents show.

More great news for Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell, which prevailed in a patent infringement case brought by IP Innovation.

IP Innovation, a unit of Acacia Research and holder of multiple patent portfolios, alleged that the two Linux companies infringed three patents that protect computer GUIs that span multiple work sites and that allow users to access icons remotely, the court documents show.

According to a report published by Bloomberg news, a jury in Marshall, Texas found that the patents in question were not valid and that neither Red Hat nor Novell were guilty of infringing on IP Innovation's intellectual property.

In a press release, Red Hat said it will "remain stalwart in resisting bogus shakedown tactics."

Novell recently celebrated the end of a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by SCO several years ago.

Now that the SCO and IP Innovation cases are disposed of, it anyone else want to take on Linux?

Topics: Legal, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She receiv... Full Bio

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