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Why I Believe IBM is Free to Sue The Pants Off TurboHercules - Updated 9Xs

Apr 12, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It seems Groklaw will have to open a new category, answering Florian Mueller FUD. As you know he recently claimed that IBM had violated its public pledge not to sue Linux for patent infringement. I think he's mistaken. IBM, when it announced the patent pledge, specifically reserved the right to defend itself from attack: "IBM has no intention of asserting its patent portfolio against the Linux kernel, unless of course we are forced to defend ourselves," said Nick Donofrio, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing, drawing applause in a speech at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

"And in the TurboHercules story, who is suing whom? It's not IBM, folks. The complaint against IBM was filed with the EU Commission by TurboHercules. At that exact moment, did they not take themselves out from under the patent pledge's safety umbrella?

"So be it.

"Meanwhile, IBM's Dan Frye has reiterated its patent pledge in an email published on the Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin's blog. IBM hasn't sued anyone. TurboHercules is filing complaints, to which IBM is responding."

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