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Plaintiff: Open Source Not on Trial in Linux Suit

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The nation's first Linux patent suit currently facing Red Hat and Novell isn't about open source at all. Or so the plaintiff says.

IP Innovation last week filed the patent lawsuit against Linux in Texas, alleging that both Red Hat and Novell infringe on U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412, "User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects."

Neither IP Innovation nor its parent company Acacia Research responded to request for comment at the time the patent suit first came to light. But today, in a statement sent to InternetNews.com, Acacia Chairman and CEO Paul Ryan defended the firm's actions and argued that there is no conspiracy against open source coming from his firm.

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