Patent Liability Insurance
Andrew C. Oliver
acoliver at buni.org
Tue May 15 22:31:54 UTC 2007
Sun Tzu says get other people to fight your wars first. Another
approach (which I intonated) would be more of a venture capital
approach. Those with the cash and the interest could invest it in
promising litigation companies targeted in the right direction. I mean
a 200B lawsuit against those large vendors who strategize in patent
lawsuits against open source is worth funding strategically for those
who want to point out the stupidity of the system which hurts their
interests or for those who have a specific competitive interest based on
Maybe that is OIN, maybe it is Red Hat Ventures...
Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Matt Asay wrote:
>> Anyone know how OIN could play in this game of Microsoft's? Meaning, would
>> open source companies/projects benefit from joining OIN (if that's even
>> possible - looks like a Big Boys club).
> Basically, OIN licenses their patent portfolio to any company that
> agrees not to allege the "Linux System" infringes their patents. Of
> course, "Linux System" sounds ambiguous and means far more than the
> kernel. There's a long list at
> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_linuxdefpop.html of covered
> packages; those packages didn't do anything to get on (they have no
> obligations to OIN). Now, the big boys you referred to are the ones who
> gave them the patents in that portfolio (since they have some to spare).
> But OIN apparently accepts patent donations from anyone.
>> Seems like a good way to get cover
>> against spurious patent claims...?
> It's a start. I think OIN has a few patents they can use against Microsoft.
> Matt Flaschen
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