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Patent Trolls Are Getting Smarter

Jun 13, 2008, 17:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"PJ at Groklaw says the settlement 'makes history.' FSMLabs first released a GPL-compatible patent license in 2001, to allow its realtime Linux patent to be used not just in one vendor's Linux, but in all Linux and derived works. More companies have followed. And another troll, Blackboard, has backed off and agreed not to enforce a patent against open source.

"But it is the first time that all the pieces have come together: a lawsuit against an open source vendor followed by a settlement in which the troll grants a broad open source patent license..."

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