Novell announced that on Friday a jury in federal court in Marshall, Texas, returned a verdict in favor of Novell, Inc. and Red Hat, in a case alleging patent infringement brought by IP Innovation LLC. IP Innovation argued that the Linux operating system infringed three patents related to the display of multiple desktops and other desktop effects. All the patents at issue were found to be invalid by the jury.
“We are very pleased that the jury reached a verdict in favor of Linux and of open source,” said Jim Lundberg, Vice President, Legal. “We hope this verdict sends a strong and unequivocal message to others that Novell and the open source community will vigorously defend any unsupported attacks on Linux and on open source innovation. “