Subject: Re: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
From: Jamie Lokier <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 19:51:29 +0100

> > Is there a way out of this mess that any of you see?
> No. ;-)
> One problem with trying to solve this set of problems by using trade
> secrets alone is the issue of reverse engineering... this diminishes the
> value of your otherwise good argument that "hey trade secrets may work
> better than patents". Patents protect even (especially?) in the case of
> reverse engineering. Trade secrets don't.

And as reverse engineering is lots of fun, and encourages inventive
tangents, whereas patent litigation is very unpleasant, and
discourages inventive tangents, I vote for a world where trade secrets
not patents are the normal way of embodying ideas you don't want to
make public. :)

-- Jamie