The limits of a patent pool
Posted Dec 7, 2005 18:16 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN
A strong patent pool will deter aggression from large companies, as they would have to worry about a counter-attack.
But a patent pool is of much more limited value against a lawyer-only shop that owns one or more patents and decides to sue. These parasites are unlikely to go after individual FOSS contributors, since they are trying to maximize their revenue and the little guys don't have any. But they are likely to prey on companies that rely on FOSS code, and it's much easier for the parasites to go after alleged infringment in code that they can read the full source for.
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