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What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

Posted Jul 15, 2008 20:00 UTC (Tue) by clugstj (subscriber, #4020)
In reply to: What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to by smoogen
Parent article: What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

A guess:

Firestar agreed to do this Red Hat deal because they knew Sun was in the process of
invalidating their lame patent(s) and decided to grab some cash before Sun's work became
public.  So, now they get to use Red Hat's money to try to get their patent re-instated.

Why else would you give such liberal terms (unless it was quite a bit of money)?


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What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

Posted Jul 15, 2008 20:18 UTC (Tue) by smoogen (subscriber, #97) [Link]

Well Sun most likely invalidated one patent, while Red Hat got a suite of patents (Firestar
and similar companies buy up patents in the cubic truck-load). Getting all of the patents
invalidated would be very costly and prone to failure (most patents even with lots of prior
art get kept :(. ) ... which is how the patent protection mechanism works. 

What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

Posted Jul 16, 2008 16:43 UTC (Wed) by clugstj (subscriber, #4020) [Link]

But having a high profile story in the media of one of your patents getting slapped down has
got to lower the value of the whole portfolio.

What Red Hat and Firestar agreed to

Posted Jul 16, 2008 6:42 UTC (Wed) by louie (subscriber, #3285) [Link]

<i>Why else would you give such liberal terms...?</i>
As Red Hat pointed out when they first announced this, GPL gives them a nice negotiating stick
for this sort of thing. RH sits down at the negotiating table and says 'either go away, give
us these very liberal terms, or fight us to the death, since less liberal terms mean we have
to shut down our business.' If the troll does not want to fight to the death and does not want
to go away, they have to settle for these terms. Unusual, admittedly, but the only option RH
has and hence the only option an anti-RH troll has.


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