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RE: [xml-dev] Cutting special deals for open source developers -- noway!
- From: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 18:44:21 -0400
> -----Original Message-----
> From: PaulT [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, October 12, 2001 5:52 PM
> To: Bullard, Claude L (Len); Dave Winer; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Cutting special deals for open source
> -- no way!
> > Patents are revenue source for small companies ... and for
> For example?
The small law firms which specialize in buying up questionable patents
and licensing them for slightly less that it would cost to fight them?
I'm *sure* that's what Len had in mind :~)
I do personally know of one small company (name withheld to protect the
guilty) with a couple of patents that they have licensed successfully. The
patents in question were, however, of the "patent a semi-obvious idea before
anyone else does and sic the lawyers on the poor suckers who re-invent that
diameter of wheel" variety, not a stirring advertisement for Intellectual
Property Rights in a Free Economy.