Red Hat Settles Patent Case With Acacia... But Won't Share The Details

from the too-bad dept

Of the software companies out there, Red Hat has been the most aggressive in fighting against software patents. It's stood up on principle, and earlier this year even won a lawsuit from one of Acacia's many, many shell companies (and it won in East Texas too, making it that much more impressive). However, Slashdot points us to the news that, in another lawsuit involving another Acacia shell company (this time, called Software Tree) it looks like Red Hat has settled -- and, unfortunately, it's keeping pretty quiet about what happened. I'm sure that's part of the terms that Acacia negotiated (patent hoarders never want the details of settlements released), but it's unfortunate, because it leaves everyone else in the dark, and lets Acacia continue to shake down others with this patent. The patent in question (6,163,776) covers "System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and a relational system," because, you know, without patents, no one would have ever figured that out.
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Companies: acacia, red hat


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    darryl, 11 Oct 2010 @ 9:29pm

    Patents, the GPL, and RH's clear guilt..

    "System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and a relational system," because, you know, without patents, no one would have ever figured that out.


    Clearly Redhad Could not figure it out !!!, because they DIDNT FIGURE IT OUT..

    No they could certainly NOT figure it out, so they did the next best thing, in the open source way and used someone elses method to do it..

    Even Red Hat GETS IT MIKE, everyone gets it, it appears except you.

    RH settled, they are not probably paying license fees, (in breach of the GPL), sooner or later if you are tool bone lazy to develop you're own technology, and just rely on stealing everyone elses. Then it WILL catch up with you, and the massive amount of patent litigation particularly aimed at Open Source, is quite telling.

    So everyone agrees what RH stole that patent, it was not obvious, it was not prior knowledge, it was plain ordinary THEFT.

    They got caught, and they payed up.

    The ONLY person who appears to not understand what has happend is YOU Mike :).. but thats expected.

    So now that Red Hats products are 'tainted' with patents, that is violation of the GPL, does that mean that RH will have to abondon the GPL, or just live in sin with Stallman ?

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