Industry insiders are now weary of what may come of Microsoft's experts. If Microsoft convinces the patent system that it is right, the open-source industry could face potential meltdown. Eben Moglen, executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center says a massive war is about to be waged on the patent battlefield.
No matter how much Microsoft screams, however, it would be very hard to crush OSS. The existing infrastructure is gigantic, and, when factoring in embedded devices, you have billions of potentially “patent-infringing” products. Is Microsoft about to bite off more than they can chew? Personally, I hope so. The last thing today's software needs is more licensing.