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Lawsuit Raises Questions about Open Invention Network, Linux Foundation

Aug 19, 2010, 18:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"This needs to be clarified right up front, because as soon as I write about patents, some knucklehead is going to come along and argue that what I have written is really just part of a pro-patent agenda. Or that I'm an idiot.

"But there's a meme running around the community this week regarding the Google/Oracle Java lawsuit that I feel needs a little clarification, and it involves patents. More specifically, it involves the Open Invention Network and my former employers, The Linux Foundation.

"There's been some talk this week that the lawsuit between Oracle and Google proves the ineffectiveness of the OIN (of which both companies are licensees) and the Linux Foundation (in which both companies are members). If either organization had been effective, the argument goes, then this lawsuit would not have happened."

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