Subject: Re: Patent prior art database
From: Don Marti <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 13:56:45 -0700

begin Luis Villa quotation of Thu, Jul 03, 2008 at 10:03:14AM -0700:

> Red Hat/Fedora offered money for this years ago, but got nowhere with
> it, primarily because the motivation of the volunteer developers fell
> apart on contact with the idea of how much work was actually going to
> be needed to actually push the thing through to completion. They've
> got to have the patience to deal with *years* of paperwork. And as RH
> discovered basically no one actually has that for an abstract,
> low-payoff thing like filing a defensive patent.

Why just defensive?  Why couldn't participants play
open source licensor by day, patent troll by night?
License the patent for Free Software implementation in
consideration for your sponsorship, then go get paid.

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