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Once More Unto the Breach: Patents, Red Hat, and Hibernate

Jul 11, 2006, 22:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"I participated in a panel discussion on the future of open source and IP hosted by SDForum in January. The consensus of our group (mostly lawyers with a lot of experience in IP law and open source) was that the business economics of the situation would actually prevail before legislative change in a system constrained by deep pockets in other industries with different dynamics and entrenched views. A few messy law suits, and rulings similar to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on damage and injunctions, and companies will begin to realize that software patents make bad business investments, and they will spend their dollars on more urgent and important things.

"This current lawsuit will run its course. The other organizations that have open source patent protection mechanisms (e.g. The Open Invention Network, and the Patent Commons Project hosted by the Open Source Development Labs) will get to test and tune their organizational responses..."

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