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Sony and Philips Have Protection From Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Patents at 4:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Simon Phipps in Stockholm (2007)
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Summary: Simon Phipps on Sony and Philips

THE patent wars are not getting any better, but one very important observation that we missed is the following from Simon Phipps:

Open source patent defense Open Invention Network recently expanded its patent protection for Linux. Good news, sullied by the discovery that founder members Sony and Phillips carved out exceptions so they didn’t face competition from Linux in their consumer products. Open is good as long as we don’t have to be.

Very interesting. We wrote about Philips’ patent trolling before [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. With friends like these, need Linux have enemies?

Disclosure: My brother is a software engineer at Philips (CT equipment).

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