Jim Zemlin, CEO of the Linux Foundation, answered questions from IT Business Edge about Microsoft’s claims that Linux and other open source software violate 235 MS patents. He says,
Microsoft itself is actually on the record as saying the software patent system in this country has problems. [Microsoft General Counsel] Brad Smith last year called on Congress to reform the U.S. patent system, stating that reforms were needed to curb abusive litigation. I just find it ironic that Microsoft is doing this now, while at the same time agreeing that software patents are a problem. They seem to be a little schizophrenic. I can only translate that as meaning this is more about marketing strategy than any legal strategy.