"Do you remember the patent infringement case IP Innovation
filed against Red Hat and Novell in 2007? We looked for prior art,
if you recall.
"Well, I'm very happy to tell you that Red Hat and Novell have
prevailed in the litigation:
"Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open
source solutions, announced that today a jury in federal court in
Marshall, Texas, returned a verdict in favor of Red Hat, Inc. and
Novell, Inc. in a case alleging patent infringement brought by IP
Innovation LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation and
Technology Licensing Corporation.
"The patents at issue were found to be invalid and
""This is the result we expected and we are gratified that the
jury recognized the tremendous innovative value of open source
software. The jury knocked out three invalid patents that were
masquerading as a new and important inventions, when they were
not," said Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President at Red Hat.
"We appreciate the jury's wisdom and remain committed to providing
value to our customers, including through our Open Source Assurance
program. We also remain stalwart in resisting bogus shakedown