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Software patent challenges and customs

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Published on Aug 12, 2009

This video is from the Red Hat Stories Liberating Innovation series.

Rob Tiller, vice president and assistant general counsel; Michael Cunningham, general counsel; and Jan Wildeboer, open source affairs evangelist, all from Red Hat, and Michael Meurer from Boston University Law School, discuss the nature and demeanor of software patents, specific to the open source software experience.

From patent-hoarding to trolls, from the Open Invention Network (OIN) to enforcement and mutally-assured destruction, they talk about how patents are intended and how they are used--and regulated--today.

"Software patents end up being a kind of a tax on innovation."
- Michael Meurer

Find out more about the Red Hat patent policy:
http://www.redhat.com/legal/patent_po...

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