[linux-elitists] SGI patent sales to Microsoft

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Tue Oct 23 17:10:25 PDT 2001

The Register:


    SGI turnaround getting closer, company promises
    By Tony Smith
    Posted: 23/10/2001 at 11:24 GMT

    SGI continues to haemorrhage red ink, losing a further $69 million
    during its most-recently completed quarter, the first of its 2002
    fiscal year and covering the three months to 28 September.

    That $69 million (36 cents a share) loss is 41 per cent deeper than
    the $49 million (26 cents a share) SGI reported this time last year,
    but is significantly better than Q4 2001. Last quarter, the company
    last $232 million (120 cents a share).


    That would explain why the company is now looking to flog off
    intangible assets such as patents. The quarter's revenue total
    includes $62.5 million made selling "non-core intellectual property
    rights" to Microsoft. The agreement also included a patent
    cross-licensing deal, though its other terms were not made public.

    SGI CEO Bob Bishop said: "SGI has a rich portfolio of technical
    intellectual property. This agreement allows us to tap into the
    value of that IP without compromising in any way our core R&D or the
    future of our business."


Anyone got a scoop on what patents are involved, and how this might
impact GNU/Linux and free software?


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