"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
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