Software patents underlie a novel open source business model (video)
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 29, 2008 07:14 PM
Well obviously this isn't "a new method of developing and distributing open source software", based on patents. That would be absurd. They're just doing a sensible and decent thing with their own patent in a software patent polluted environment. Red Hat has software patents. Sun has software patents. IBM and Nokia have software patents (and have pledged at least a subset of them for free use in FOSS).
The closing comments on disclosure were redundant too. Of course it's better for them if they can build up a patent portfolio for defensive use and for generating licensing revenue from others but if they just wanted to disclose and share their inventions, then publication on their website, in a journal and/or here http://arxiv.org/ is a far better way of doing so than patenting ever can be.