NewsForge: A Fresh--And Optimistic--Take on Patents and Open Source
Aug 03, 2004, 01:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Dan Ravicher, President, Executive Director, and Founder of the
Public Patent Foundation, believes there are plenty of ways open
source developers, advocates, and users can fight against
innovation-hindering software patents...
"First, Ravicher says, individual open source software users
don't need to worry. The most a company like Microsoft could get
out of them would be the value of products they didn't buy because
they were, instead, using products that infringed Microsoft
patents, and it simply wouldn't be worth Microsoft's time and
effort to track all the users down and sue us..."