From the Press Release:

Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced they are teaming up to work on reforms to software patents worldwide.

“It is increasingly obvious that software patents are not a meaningful measure of innovation,” said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Novell. “As a long-time innovator in the industry and a holder of many significant patents, we understand the rationale behind the patent system in general. But we believe that software patent system reform is necessary to promote software innovation going forward.”

Novell and the EFF will work to lobby governments and national and international organizations to develop legislation and policies around patents designed to promote innovation. …

In addition, Novell will contribute significant resources to the EFF’s ongoing “Patent Busting” project.