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Good point -- in fact if I recall correctly customers of some
MS database product ran into exactly this situation, where a "patent
troll" company bought up some database-related patents and started
sending invoices for licensing fees to MS' customers.
David Golden writes:
> Just a related point, even if you're not up for heading to Brussels:
>> Do remember that the economic impact of software patents could
> apply to your company if you are a software using company, not
> just a software producing company: software patents apply to use of
> software, and in fact a typical tactic of the patent troll company is
> to go after end-users of software products.
>> This is ILUG and presumably a few linux-using SME employees hang out
> here, but do also remember that it's not just Open Source software that
> is vulnerable to patent attack.
>> There _are_ some entries from Ireland at present, but I find it
> difficult to believe there shouldn't be a few more...
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