Novell: We disagree
We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents. Importantly, our agreement with Microsoft is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property. When we entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents.
Ballmer on Novell, Linux and patents http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/108806.asp?source=rss