According to foreign media reports, the Acacia Research in California, hired the former head of Microsoft's intellectual property licensing, general manager of Brad Brunell as Senior Vice President after less than two weeks, then, through its subsidiary IP Innovation filed a lawsuit alleging open source software distributors Red Hat and Novell for patent infringement.
Acacia Research to Texas lawsuit filed in District Court, said Red Hat and Novell's Linux operating system, issued its patent infringement. Litigation that the two companies announced desktop and server versions of Linux operating system infringes three patents owned by IP Innovation.
However, there is no evidence that the prosecution of Microsoft and Red Hat and Novell, Acacia associated cases. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said last week that the company will be a number of patents for commercial software developers in the same way free and open source software community to prosecute some violations.
Microsoft spokesman said in an e-mail, Microsoft is not involved in targeting Red Hat and Novell, Acacia lawsuits are not in any way involved in this litigation. Acacia officials did not immediately comment. Currently, Novell and Red Hat are no official response to this from the patent litigation.
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