Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Jun 2007 22:38 UTC, submitted by Robert Kratky
Linux Alan Cox talks about cooperation with hardware vendors, patent law, microkernels, and GPLv3: "I think [the MS-Novell deal] is a bad idea and that Novell are going to get stung by the GPLv3, and rightfully so. The license is designed to keep the software free, if it fails to do this then it needs fixing, so GPLv3 hopefully will fix this flaw."
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RE: Nice one
by Angel on Mon 11th Jun 2007 13:45 UTC in reply to "Nice one"
Angel
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2005-07-07

It's Microsoft who have the billions and who are therefore at greatest risk from patent trolls.


Not really, it's the little guy who is at the biggest risk simply becuase a company like MS can afford a few lawsuits from patent trolls, the little guys usually just go out of business.

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RE[2]: Nice one
by elsewhere on Mon 11th Jun 2007 16:31 in reply to "RE: Nice one"
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2005-07-13

Not really, it's the little guy who is at the biggest risk simply becuase a company like MS can afford a few lawsuits from patent trolls, the little guys usually just go out of business.


The patent trolls have business models built around the biggest return for minimal investment; when you're trolling a company like MS it's easy to find a high-powered law firm willing to take the case on contingency fees for a piece of the pie. They're less likely to if you're targetting a little guy with little capital, and if you have to pay your own bills then legal fees involved can outweigh any potential gain. Particularly since it would be difficult to prove damages owing from infringement by a small, independent ISV versus a large, well financed or well funded one with a much bigger market base.

So by that measure, the little guys are only at threat from the commercial patent holders who don't want their business threated. The patent trolls only target the low-hanging fruit in the hopes for a quick payout for minimal effort.

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