eWeek: Lawyers Weigh In on Linux Patent Threat
Aug 12, 2004, 13:45 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
[ Thanks to Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]
"Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), a provider of open-source
consulting and risk mitigation insurance, announced last week that
it has found that there are 283 issued, but not yet
court-validated, software patents that could conceivably be used in
patent claims against Linux. In that same week, the German city of
Munich temporarily put its planned Linux desktop migration on hold
due to Linux patent concerns.
"Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), which will be offering a
patent litigation insurance policy for Linux users and developers
starting in 2005, has a clear business interest in the results of
its study, but that doesn't mean that its research isn't