Software Freedom Law Center Comes to Microsoft's AidBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 12-15-2006
The (SFLC) Software Freedom Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono legal services to protect and advance open-source software, filed a brief Dec. 15 with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Microsoft's appeal of a software patent decision.
In the case of "Microsoft v. AT&T," the SFLC is asking the Supreme Court to decide against U.S. patents applying to software that is copied and distributed overseas. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a specialized patent court known for allowing patents on software and business methods, originally decided in favor of AT&T.
In that decision, the court said that U.S. software patents applied even if the violations happened outside the U.S.
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