Network World interviewed Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
about patents, lawsuits, and settlements as well as Red Hat's corporate culture and future outlook. "Despite some victories -- including one against that same Acacia last year -- Red Hat has elected to settle with what it deems patent trolls in various cases which it cannot disclose, according to Whitehurst.
'When it's so little money, at some point, bluntly, it's better to settle than fight these things out,' Whitehurst said. [...] Red Hat fights when it believes bigger principles are at stake. Red Hat and Novell jointly won a case against an Acacia subsidiary in East Texas last year when a jury ruled that the companies did not infringe on user interface patents. Red Hat also filed an amicus brief on behalf of rival Microsoft in a patent dispute pending before the Supreme Court.
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