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April 6, 2010

Open Wallet

Florian Mueller reports that IBM "breaks the taboo and betrays its promise" to the open-source software community. Allegedly, IBM threatened to sue TurboHercules, an open-source  mainframe emulator company, for patent infringement. Naive to a fault, TurboHercules founder Roger Bowler opined: "I can state with confidence that our emulator is in no way an enemy of IBM's." Apparently, Roger fails to reckon with the market reality that IBM values its sales in this sector. IBM reportedly makes around $25 billion annually on mainframe software sales.

Posted by Patent Hawk at April 6, 2010 10:22 AM | Patents In Business


"This is so appalling that I felt compelled to show to the FOSS community what IBM is doing: IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software."

Sheeeet, using patents to protect your business ... who would have thunk it possible?

In nature, the male lion gets the first crack at the kill. As long as you stay out of his way and don't interfere with him getting his fill, you are OK.

Mr. Mueller, however, made the mistake of thinking that with so much meat around, he could partake of the choicest cuts with little repercussion.

Regardless, IBM's US patents won't prevent him from selling to the ROTW.

Posted by: Enjoying a chuckle at April 6, 2010 12:01 PM

IBM is not monolithic. Their mainframe and legal department is surely different-thinking than their open source guys.

Posted by: Patent Attorney at April 6, 2010 6:48 PM


Just thought I'd leave that here for Hawkie.

Posted by: 6 at April 7, 2010 3:41 PM