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From Martijn Dashorst <martijn.dasho...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL][RFC] CloudStack for the Apache Incubator
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:41:44 GMT
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Kevin Kluge <Kevin.Kluge@citrix.com> wrote:
> Citrix is pursuing patents based on prior CloudStack work and expects to continue to
do
> so in the future.  Citrix is getting these patents to protect the CloudStack user community.
> Consider the case where some other entity states that the use of CloudStack is infringing
> on their patents.  Citrix could use these patents to fight this entity and defend the
> community.  An incremental benefit is that if Citrix (or any other CloudStack-friendly
> entity) has a patent then that patent cannot be acquired by an unfriendly entity.

Anyone with about $15B can buy Citrix, and start wreaking havoc with
the patents. See Google with its acquisition of Motorola, or Oracle
with its acquisition of Sun (Java?). Or Citrix can sell its patent
portfolio to a shell company, keeping a license and let the shell
start suing the rest of the world (see Apple, Microsoft etc). There
are many avenues to abuse the patents.

Martijn

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