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LinuxGram: Uh-oh, Hang On to Your Patents, It's Trouble

Mar 30, 2001, 20:11 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Bruce Perens, the open source founding father who hired on at HP as a strategic advisor in December, is planning to hold the collective toes of the computer establishment to the fire over the issue of open sourcing their precious patent portfolios."

"Perens says he's gotten the money from HP to co-sponsor an invitation-only closed-door summit near the Moscone Center in San Francisco on the Friday and Saturday after LinuxWorld this August and intends to challenge the likes of IBM, which holds 10% of all the patents in the industry, to figure out a way to open up its invaluable treasure house to open source developers."

"Perens reckons he's got the vendors over a barrel. If they don't come to terms, the open source developers won't work for them for nothing."

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