BoycottNovell: Novell, Red Hat, and Software Patents: Strike II
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 21 Mar 2009 15:24
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
1. Why are you filing patents on obvious ideas with prior art, like SOAP? 2. If my clients embed my free AMQP/XML engine in their closed apps, are they covered by your Promise? 3. If IBM buys Red Hat, does your Promise still hold? 4. If a 3rd party licenses a patent from you, and then sues my FOSS company, does your Promise still hold? 5. Does Red Hat file business method patents on their software distribution business? 6. If “Yes”, does your Promise protect my FOSS distribution business which uses these patents? 7. Would opposition to a Red Hat patent filing at the USPTO or EPO count as “litigation” under the Promise? Until the use of Red Hat’s patents against competing FOSS firms and their clients is 100% clear and permanent, then I hold that Red Hat’s patent portfolio is first and foremost aimed at FOSS competitors, and only second at “trolls” and closed source firms.
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