Subject: Re: How do you convince IBM to oppose software patents?
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 16:39:07 +0200

On Fri, Sep 24, 1999 at 09:26:05AM -0400, shapj@us.ibm.com wrote:
> >Sure they
> >pay a huge amount of dollars for their patents, amd (I'm told) usually
> >just to pile them up and protect against others. This, in my opinion,
> >is wasted money...
> 
> I don't recall if the numbers have been published externally, so I'm not
> comfortable saying what IBM's revenues from patent licensing are.  Be assured,
> however, that on a purely economic basis IBM does not lose money on its patent
> efforts.  Very VERY much the opposite.


IBM has a lot of patents on hardware technology, quite rightly earned.

But the issue is software patents

Bernard

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