A lesson to learn
Posted Sep 5, 2006 23:50 UTC (Tue) by Erich_J_Ritzmann
In reply to: A lesson to learn
Parent article: SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute (BBC)
Probably right. Most FOSS business models operate on a shoestring.
However, most "for profit" companies tend to look at a patent claim less on the merits of the
patent, and more in terms of the business case. If the cost of the legal fees exceed the patent
royalties claimed, most businesses would use the bottom line to decide what to do.
One of the refreshing things about the RIM case is that RIM started out fighting the patent claim
because in their view it was unwarranted. But, eventually the economics of the broken patent
system caused even RIM to cave.
My understanding of how the laws work is imperfect, though would note that people make no
shortage of claims about what their patents cover. Sometimes the courts disagree with the
patent holder, so the patent holder has a hollow claim before the courts decide in his favour.
Perhaps SanDisk made a conscious decision to challenge it in court based on their understanding
of the patents involved?
It might become a very interesting show yet.
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