Subject: Re: Patent Liability Insurance
From: Brian Behlendorf <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 20:03:52 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 14 May 2007, Andrew C. Oliver wrote:
> Patents are being granted on things where there is an obvious prior art.  The 
> Supreme court has even commented that they have been granted in excess for 
> the past several years.  I suggest this problem is much much more broad than 
> open source.

I always figured that at some point the cost of patents to the industry as 
a whole (excepting trolls with no other revenue stream) would become so 
burdensome that even traditionally patent-loving firms would petition for 
wholesale effective reform.  It'll be interesting to watch how this case 
plays out:,1895,2128829,00.asp