We have resolved our patent case with Rothschild Patent Imaging. We thank our pro-bono counsel - Shearman & Sterling LLP for representing us.
@gnome I have a really hard time in believing this:
> Leigh Rothschild said “I’m pleased that we have managed to settle this issue amicably. I have always supported the innovation of open source software and its developers and encourage its innovation and adoption.”
Rothshield is a known and famous Patent Troll. So Why is Gnome going along in this frame of painting Rothshield as the good guy, when he obviously is not?
@gnome Just to be clear.
I'm very happy you fought the fight. I'm immensely grateful for your time and effort. And happy about the outcome.
It's just that I feel there's something iffy here. But maybe thats my dislike of patent trolls speaking, IDK.
Sorry if I sounded negative towards you!
@berkes Considering Rotschild is nothing but a patent troll, does it really matter that he's allowed to frame it like this?
If he ran a actual company producing actual products it might have mattered, but Rotschild only makes money off lawsuits. As long as he didn't make any off this one it's a win.
@sab It matters that Gnome presents him as 'good towards Open Source'.
When he certainly is not that. To me, it smells like 'his side of the deal': "I'll let you go, but you'll have to tell everyone that we're not a bad company."
The important part is not that Gnome walked away unharmed from a patent troll, but that this troll was there in the first place. The only win, is when that troll crawls away harmed, hit, or killed.
If I may read between the lines, it is part of the settlement. As long as no harm was done, to open-source, great.
"No money was paid."
open source lost this case
@maltimore @harald @gnome They had an agreement, which is an indication that Gnome does not deny the patent.
The troll can claim that they successfully defended their patent and reached an agreement out of good will, which is everything they need to look good.
So now they're in a better position against others that they want to exact money from.
The aforementioned user gives the #TLDR version better than I could:
> I am thankful that we have our rich patent system to protect inventors who, in 2008, had the foresight to invent wireless transmission and filtering of images. Remarkable. I hope the ACM one day recognizes the achievements of inventor Leigh Rothschild. I am also thankful that we have our rich patent system to allow Leigh Rothschild to open up 11 lawsuits related to this patent since July 2019. […]
@gnome A little sad that you still allowed them to patent troll other companies. Was hoping you would get them invalidated.
"GNOME was represented pro-bono by Matt Berkowitz, Kieran Kieckhefer, Joy Wang and Larry Crouch from Shearman & Sterling LLP."
So what was done with all the donations for this specific cause then?
For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).