Novell, buyer's remorse, and the patent threat
Posted Nov 22, 2006 14:57 UTC (Wed) by wookey
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'All you need is prior art'
And a great deal of money. Usually hundreds of thousands to get even the most egregious suit thrown out, but certainly tens of thousands even if done on the cheap. See the JRMI project for an example of what happens when the tech in a Free Software project is patented _after_ they published it, then the patent is used to sue them. This case shows criminal behaviour by the agressors, and outrageous copyright infringement as well as an attempted patent-leveraged hold-up, but still the bad guys are winning in court so far, and the project is spending serious money.
If it isn't trivial to win in this case then imagine what it's like if the patent owners did actually do their own work in parallel with or before the Free Software project's.
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