"It's been talked about for years, and now there are
well-endowed and well-researched organizations claiming to offer
open source software some protection from patent lawsuits. The very
announcement of these efforts--even before they have a chance to
prove successful--are an historical watershed for open source and
free software. For the first time you get back something tangible
for open-sourcing. And this leads to another key change in the
terrain: it now becomes critical how "open source" is defined, and
who has the power to define it.
"The two patent pool projects concerned here--open source's
shining knights in armor--are the Patent Commons Project and the
Open Invention Network..."