IBM OLE patents: turnabout for loss of Win code?

Rohit Khare (
Mon, 15 Jul 96 22:17:41 -0400

Fair turnabout for MS's shaft of IBM on Win source access two years ago?

> If things are looking bleak in Maynard, Mass., in Armonk,
> N.Y., IBM may get the last laugh. It seems that IBM came
> out of its OS/2 joint development project with Microsoft
> holding a number of patents and copyrights on OLE
> technology. Microsoft's right to use the technology
> expires at the end of the year, and IBM is looking to
> force an agreement out of Bill that would get Microsoft
> to support OpenDoc in exchange for the ongoing privilege
> of using OLE (read ActiveX) technology -- the old "you
> scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" routine.