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Red Hat Slapped with Patent Suit on JBoss Product

Jun 29, 2006, 13:45 (6 Talkback[s])

Patently-O: Red Hat Faces Patent Infringement Suit

"Software company FireStar has filed suit against open source seller Red Hat, alleging patent infringement. The suit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, asserts infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,101,502 that is directed to a method of interfacing an object oriented software application with a relational database. Red Hat recently purchased JBoss maker of the specific accused product Hibernate 3.0..."

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No Lobbyists as Such: Patent Infringement Suit Filed against Red Hat

"It seems to me that the FireStar patent is quite broad, and if it is upheld, it will affect other companies as well. While I know that certain parts of the free and open source software (FOSS) community don't like to hear this, I have repeatedly stated that FOSS projects and products are particularly threatened by software patents. In this specific case, however, the fact that an open source program is at the center of a patent infringement suit appears to be a coincidence..."

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