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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Filed Under: patents, settlements, software
Companies: acacia, red hat


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  1. identicon
    staff-infection, 13 Oct 2010 @ 12:30pm

    Re: what you will

    If you would like to know more about how lobbyists like "staff" and "angrydude" are working to convince people that the asinine patents coming out of the system are as American as apple pie, you should visit piausa.org before looking at unbiased facts. Then decide for yourself, just keep in mind that they're in business to "help inventors" so they have incentive to keep the system in it's current state, where in, the bar for receiving a patent is so ridiculously low that they can get anyone with an idea into the patent process. There are very few people in the software engineering community that would deny that the system is broken, and needs immediate retroactive reform, to stop "one click" imagination patents. They're costing tens of BILLIONS every year, and are transferring that wealth into the hands of those that seek to further erode the patent system.

    While visiting their site, be sure to note that many of the "facts" are half-truths, skewed or have since been resolved in such a way, that weakens their position, and so they neglect to update them. They also, forget to mention that the system was broken only 10 years ago, when the government got swept up in the "idea economy" mantra of of the dot com gold rush and decided that people could patent ideas as a process. The investment banks realized their folly and adjusted their policies. However it's A LOT harder for the government to pull back entitlements...

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