[Mimedefang] Trend Micro patent idiocy - and so it begins
David F. Skoll
dfs at roaringpenguin.com
Wed Jan 30 16:21:01 EST 2008
Jan-Pieter Cornet wrote:
> As much as I hate patents (I believe all patents should be abolished -
> or at least software patents), I don't think owning a patent, stupid
> or not, is bad per se. Trying to enforce it, is bad.
Yes, I agree.
> I think it's telling that Barracuda doesn't try to settle this out
> of court by showing Trend Micro their own stack of patents, but will
> try to fight it, to get the patent annulled.
Barracuda has one (1) patent as far as I can tell, so they are not in
a position to wage patent wars.
> It's a bit like WMD. You won't use them, because you know the other
> guys have them, too. Well, in theory, at least.
In a previous job, I worked at a company that did integrated-circuit
reverse-engineering. When the semiconductor industry was suffering,
that company did well because struggling semiconductor companies went
sniffing for patent infringements in competitors' chips to increase
revenues. :-) For them, owning a patent portfolio was just another
strategic business move. Unfortunately, the free software movement
can't participate in that game, and patents really are nuclear weapons
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