Settling is Not Winning
Dear Red Hat, I know it might have been cheaper and definitely shorter this way, and I know your North American users will think you did it right, but it's NOT right!
REUTERS: Red Hat settles 2 patent lawsuits filed against it. And, of course, «Financial terms of the settlements were not disclosed.»
This is all wrong.
This is all in the line of the most idiotic pattern of the U.S. judicial system.
Someone sues you. Instead of fighting (if you believe you're right) and go to the stage where a judge reaches a verdict, what is the common practice in business?
Financial settlements. A financial settlement will bury the case on the spot, for some costs that are considered by both parts as "reasonable" under the circumstances: a trial could last forever (because the judicial system is screwed up) and this would incur significant attorney expenses.