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Date:      5 Aug 2012 04:58:00 -0000
From:      "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Cc:        millenia2000@hotmail.com
Subject:   Re: Patent hit - MS goes after Linux - FreeBSD ?
Message-ID:  <20120805045800.29444.qmail@joyce.lan>
In-Reply-To: <BAY165-ds37E52D779E383A3EB323ACACA0@phx.gbl>

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>> Out of curiosity has anyone ever heard of trolls patenting open source
>> technologies after the fact?
>
>The prior art stipulations pretty much kills that off, unless they make a
>genuine improvement/change to it to not qualify under that, then they would
>be well within patent law to apply for a patent.

The patent office has never been very good at examining software
patents, and I have made a lot of money helping companies document the
prior art not cited in patents that are being asserted against them.

R's,
John



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