Here's Johnny

Posted on Fri 12 October 2007 in geek

After much hand waving and threatening from Microsoft the predicted first patent suit has been filed. Predictably it's not from Microsoft themselves but a proxy patent troll firm. This doesn't directly affect us over here as software patents aren't allowed (yet) in the EU. However it is going to need to be sorted out. I suspect the defence for this claim will have to be based on prior art as IP Innovation (sic) makes nothing of value itself RedHat can't defend itself with a counter-suit from any of the open patents. Hopefully this can be cleared up faster than the SCO case, which is good as it won't be last patent suite the open source world has to deal with.