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Red Hat Responds to Patent Inquiries

May 29, 2002, 14:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Webbink)

The recent publication of several patent applications filed by Red Hat and pertaining to improvements in Linux which we have made available under the GNU General Public License have drawn public interest and questions on the reasons we have sought patent protection and how we will use those patents, if issued.

In response, Red Hat has now published its Statement of Position and Promise on Software Patents which can be found at [the link below].

We believe the position we are taking is consistent with both the interests of the open source/free software community and our company. By making Our Promise with respect to patents we hold we intend to give continued assurance of Red Hat's commitment to open source/free software.

- Mark Webbink, senior vice president and general counsel

Statement of Position and Promise on Software Patents

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