Software Freedom Law Center Comes to Microsoft's Aid

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 12-15-2006
If you thought Novell partnering up with Microsoft was shocking news, then you probably don't want to read the rest of this story. Just remember, we warned you.

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.

Yes, Microsoft.

Click here to read more about the "patent collaboration agreement" between Microsoft and Novell.

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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