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Re: Trend Micro patent claim provokes FOSS community, leads to boycott

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 171.161.160.10] on February 12, 2008 08:53 PM
>> But it appears to me that Trend Micro is a victim here -- because it attempted to enforce a patent it legally obtained. Are the boycotters saying that they don't subscribe to US law?

The issue is whether the patent they are trying to leverage is actually enforceable, given the apparent amount of prior art. Like too many firms in the current tech market, they appear to be trying to pry money from their competitors via dubious patent portfolios rather than earning it from customers by building desirable products. Many firms will settle rather than become entangled in lengthly, expensive litigation. In this case, like the SCO debacle, the F/OSS users have become energized by the perceived threat to their community.

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