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The Red Hat-FireStar Settlement Agreement is Published

Jul 17, 2008, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"It's certainly a good thing that Sun is trying to knock out any patents, though, and trying to help out the community. But note that the USPTO action Dillon writes about is is a first office action in a reexamination. The patent isn't knocked out yet. Sometimes reexams work; sometimes they don't; sometimes what happens is that there are some narrowing amendments, but the patents survives. So it's a worthwhile effort, but there is a long way to go and an uncertain ending, patent law being as nutso as it currently is, which will explain why Red Hat made the decision to enter this agreement. It means everyone is protected immediately and forever and without any doubt."

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