Microsoft shares 60,000 patents with consortium to protect open-source software


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Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-shares-60000-patents-with-consortium-to-protect-open-source-software-85249/

Microsoft has become a member of the Open Invention Network, a consortium of companies that share patents to protect open-source software, like Linux, against patent claims. Interestingly, Microsoft filed patent claims against Linux and Android in the past. One of Microsoft’s CEO’s, Steve Ballmer, also once called open-source a cancer.