Subject: Re: Patent prior art database
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2008 09:44:56 +0900

Don Marti writes:

 > 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.

Easy to say, hard to do.  A patent is defensive because the nature of
the invention is that it's not worth much in licensing, not because
the nature of the inventor is to be a pussycat.