05.09.22

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When It Comes to Software Patents, IBM is Still a Big Bully (and Red Hat’s Patents Can Become Part of the Big Blue Bullying)

Posted in IBM, Patents, Red Hat at 9:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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IBM Patent Bully
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Summary: Big Blue Bully (BBB) or the international blackmail machine is still lobbying for software patents and is still weaponising software patents, even in courts; what does that mean for a company like Red Hat, which kept assuring us that there’s no need to worry about its patents?

OVER the years we’ve repeatedly challenged Red Hat to justify its poor stance on software patents, seeing that it was amassing some of its own (there’s the old theory about Red Hat stockpiling patents to increase the sale price).

“Back in 2005 Red Hat had a different stance…”We’ve written several dozens of articles on this subject* for almost 15 years, occasionally noting that Red Hat was starting to pursue many software patents, including on systemd. Back in 2005 Red Hat had a different stance; it fought against European software patents, which were controversially being granted by the EPO. The problem never ended; the issue never stopped being an issue and instead we saw IBM actively lobbying Europe to allow software patents, at one point even falsely claiming that “Open Source” innovation had been made possible owing to software patents — clearly an eyebrow-raising lie.

“Heck, do not expect what’s left of the media to provide commentary on the matter…”The video above deals with the latest example of IBM bullying companies with the help of software patents. The lawsuit was filed 7 days ago, but we don’t expect anyone from Red Hat to speak about this. Heck, do not expect what’s left of the media to provide commentary on the matter; I casually show examples of IBM manipulating the media and in the video I share a new example of this with IBM’s longtime paid shill, Timothy Prickett Morgan. We’re meant to think that patent shakedown is OK, even when Red Hat’s patents can be at stake and we’re talking about nonsensical patents, likely rendered void by Alice/35 U.S.C. § 101 (SCOTUS). IBM is — quite frankly as usual — trying to compensate for the lack of merit/quality using quantity. Red Hat contributes to this quantity.
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* To give just a small sample of such coverage:

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