IBM Corp. has fired back at the SCO Group Inc., saying the small Utah company's claim that IBM gave away proprietary code to the Linux operating system is false and should be thrown out of court.

In a countersuit filed Aug. 7, IBM also accused SCO of unfair competition and infringement of Big Blue's patents. The countersuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

SCO, which sued IBM in March, claims to own the rights to key elements of the Unix operating system, which has been licensed to thousands

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