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Wired: Groklaw's Jones Looks Beyond SCO

Feb 12, 2004, 17:45 (5 Talkback[s])
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"WN: Bruce Perens said at Linuxworld NYC that he believed patent claims will continue to be a problem for Linux after the SCO case is settled. Do you agree?

"Jones: I agree with Bruce, but I am strongly influenced by Dan Ravicher, who is a patent attorney and heads up the Public Patent Foundation. It is his view that the amount of money you can get from a patent suit is so much less than you can get from other IP (intellectual property) strategies, so he feels the threat is somewhat overrated. Obviously he takes the patent risk seriously enough to set up PubPat, but he doesn't view the subject quite as bleakly as Bruce seems to. That may be because he is working actively to fix the problem and he has the skill set to be successful. You tend to be more optimistic when you can do something actively about a problem..."

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