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Microsoft Sale Of Linux Patents Roils Open Sourcers
And the actual bidder, Allied Security Trust, was acting as a front man for OIN as well as its own 11 members. OIN was approached by AST "early in the process and invited to be a surrogate bidder," unbeknownst to Microsoft, says OIN CEO Keith Bergelt.
When AST's bid won the auction, AST and OIN signed a deal that made OIN the ultimate holder of the patents. The irony of the maneuver is that it was an unlikely outcome.
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