Novell Supports Innovation, Competition in Open Source with Patent Policy
Novell today publicly commited to use its patent portfolio to protect its open source software offerings. In a policy statement (http://www.novell.com/company/policies/patent/), Novell said it would utilize its patent portfolio to defend against potential intellectual property attacks by others on its open source products. The statement serves to reassure customers that they can choose open source solutions with confidence, knowing they have strong backing from Novell on patent issues.
Novell's Press Release, 10/12/2004