Patent Board Says Red Hat’s Portfolio Is Valuable
It’s up 16 Scorecard slots since November based on the Board’s perceptions of industry impact and technology strength
By: Maureen O'Gara
Mar. 21, 2011 08:00 AM
Turns out that Red Hat, which loathes patents - since they're inconvenient to its business model - and would love to stop Microsoft from getting its hands on Novell's patents, has the 50th strongest patent portfolio in the IT industry.
At least the Patent Board, which tracks the US and European portfolios of the top 2,700 high-tech firms and regularly publishes a Patent Scorecard, thinks so.
Red Hat, which now has 137 US patents, describes its interests as purely defensive "to deter those not interested in the success of open source software from using their patents to attack Red Hat and the open source community."
It's up 16 Scorecard slots since November based on the Board's perceptions of industry impact and technology strength.
Industry impact is supposed to indicate the extent to which others are building on a portfolio of US utility patents as compared to the total set of utility patents, and technology strength is supposed to indicate the overall strength of the company's patent portfolio holdings with a combined measure of quality and quantity.
Red Hat made a Patent Promise years ago saying the technology covered by any of our patents could be used by anyone in any software distributed under some of the open source licenses like the GPL and LGPL barring patent litigation against Red Hat.
No specific patents were mentioned.
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