Trend Micro patent claim provokes FOSS community, leads to boycott
Posted by: Anonymous
on February 21, 2008 04:42 PM
This is a junk patent and everyone knows it. If you think Trend Micro is justified in this move, then you're not really a geek. You're one of those 'I don't know how it works so I'll pay someone else to do it for me' everyday average Joes. I don't mind those people. But when you take foundations of technology and mix and match to make your own ideas come into fruition (and complex ideas, not simple ones like smtp virus filtering, which btw, I highly doubt Trend Micro invented) as many people do, you're helping innovation. Trend Micro is attempting to stifle innovation. It's like patenting flour then suing Betty Crocker. The patent office would laugh at it. But because they're highly ignorant of what 'smtp virus filtering' really is, people like Trend Micro are allowed to make a quick buck off of other people's ignorance.
Google took common ideas, common foundational technologies (freely available commodity-sorts) and made their own complex recipe for success. Trend Micro is trying to stop those of us who aspire to do the same from doing so. It's disgusting and disturbing.