RE: Cutting special deals for open source developers -- noway!
> -----Original Message----- > From: PaulT [mailto:pault12@p...] > Sent: Friday, October 12, 2001 5:52 PM > To: Bullard, Claude L (Len); Dave Winer; xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re: Cutting special deals for open source > developers > -- no way! > > > > Patents are revenue source for small companies ... and for > individuals. > > For example? The small law firms which specialize in buying up questionable patents and licensing them for slightly less that it would cost to fight them? I'm *sure* that's what Len had in mind :~) I do personally know of one small company (name withheld to protect the guilty) with a couple of patents that they have licensed successfully. The patents in question were, however, of the "patent a semi-obvious idea before anyone else does and sic the lawyers on the poor suckers who re-invent that diameter of wheel" variety, not a stirring advertisement for Intellectual Property Rights in a Free Economy.
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