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What is the Value of Red Hat's Patents?

Mar 29, 2011, 01:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to SMK for this link. ]

"While the Patent Board has ranked Red Hat's patent portfolio highly, there is not a direct relationship to financial value.

"'The value of our portfolio relates to defending Red Hat and open source against baseless patent lawsuits," Tiller said. "We have not sought third party valuations of the patents.'

"From a financial perspective, Red Hat has just wrapped up its most successful year ever, closing out its fiscal 2011 with nearly $1 billion in revenue.

"As an open source company, Red Hat participates in a community development model where multiple companies and individuals often contribute. Tiller noted that Red Hat's patents relate to inventions made by Red Hat employees, not inventions by others."

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