Oct 25 Microsoft (MSFT.O) agreed this week to
comply with a landmark European Union antitrust decision, ending
three years of resistance.
As part of the decision, which won backing last month from
the second-highest EU court, Microsoft will ease the way for
competition by rivals against its work group servers, which
provide printing, file and controls for small business groups.
Microsoft will release interconnection information -- called
protocols -- which rival servers need in order to work smoothly
with Microsoft Windows desktops.
The main competitor is the open-source, non-profit Samba
Group, which makes software.
Samba seeks to work around Microsoft patents protecting its
protocols so no royalties will be required.
Microsoft will post to its Website in coming days a list of
protocols on which it claims patents.
It provided this summary of patents on the 106 protocols
which will be released:
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Existing U.S. patents: 32, covering 21 protocols
Existing European patents: Four, covering four protocols
Total existing patents: 36, covering 25 protocols.
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Proposed U.S. patents: 54, covering 28 protocols
Proposed European patents: Ten, covering 10 protocols
Total proposed patents: 64, covering 38 protocols.
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Total proposed and existing patents: 100, covering 63
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