IBM pledges free access to patents for standards
Posted Jul 11, 2007 16:04 UTC (Wed) by nix
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Of course in a sane legal environment this would be unnecessary.
In fact, while this is nice, it's not actually very useful, because IBM was never likely to sue free software hackers over XML anyway, and they still have a vast collection to sue anyone else they like over. Meanwhile the patent trolls (whether the purchase-and-patent, invent-and-patent or repatent-the-bleeding-obvious varieties) will just keep on going, unaffected, and invulnerable to patent countersuits to boot.
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