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Microsoft's "ally" sues RedHat and Novell

Groklaw reports that "IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas."

The article further investigates the implicit link between this lawsuit and Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's recent statements, bringing forward evidence of two Microsoft employees crossing over to the Acacia, of whom IP Innovation firm is a subsidiary and therefore concluding: "So much for being Microsoft's little buddy".

Indeed, while it may seem like paranoid hearsay to some, given the overall context and this evidence it is simply near impossible not to assume that Microsoft has something to do with this lawsuit, especially considering that they were also the ones supporting SCO's Linux related lawsuit against IBM. This shall be enough to warrant the title of this entry. It is, for all intents and purposes, Microsoft's ally who is suing RedHat and Novell. It very well fits Ballmer's apparent strategy of dealing with competition that he sees in GNU/Linux.

This also makes the fact that Novell was included in this lawsuit quite interesting, for it is Novell who signed a "promise not to sue" with Microsoft. If, however, Microsoft is the one supporting this lawsuit, it is essentially (yet again) violating the spirit of the agreement while not violating its letter.

Of course, this might not make much sense to some who may limit their thinking to the fact that it is IP Innovation who filed the lawsuit, not Microsoft, dismissing the fact that two Microsoft employees just crossed over as mere coincidence with no further implications. If you ask me, that's the wit of it. Microsoft can leave us discussing such mere details and ignoring the big picture as they, essentially, get away with a yet another lawsuit that they in essence fueled.

If this doesn't speak of the magnitude of deviousness that can be found in this company, nothing can.

Indeed, the only way to stop this sort of thing from happening is to reform the patent system, in fact, totally disable the patentability of all software.