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SCO Loses Battle Against IBM In Linux Lawsuit

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In a court filing Thursday, IBM said it dropped the claims to speed the case and try to curtail the number of depositions SCO seeks, and added the potential monetary rewards are slim.

"While IBM continues to believe SCO infringed IBM's valid patents, IBM agreed to withdraw its patent counterclaims to simplify and focus the issues in this case and to expedite their resolution," IBM said in the filing. "Since SCO's sales have been, and are, limited, a finding of infringement would yield only the most modest royalty or award of damages and would not justify the expense of continuing prosecution of these claims."

IBM drops patent claims against SCO


Then the SCO Group Inc. failed on Friday to extract more documents on IBM Corp.'s business strategy for the Linux computer operating system.

Ruling from the bench, federal Magistrate Brooke Wells said SCO wasn't entitled to more memos, e-mails, programmer notes, work plans and strategy papers on IBM's conversion to Linux, the open-source system challenging Microsoft Corp.'s market dominance in network servers.

SCO Loses Battle Against IBM In Linux Lawsuit.

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