Red Hat's JBoss Software Draws Patent Suit
A small software company on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against open source distributor Red Hat and several vendors that sell Red Hat products, claiming that Red Hat's JBoss middleware violates one of its patents.
In court papers filed in U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas, Software Tree claims that JBoss infringes its patent on database systems and methods "for exchanging data and commands between an object-oriented system and a relational system."
Software Tree claims the patent in question, U.S. Patent No. 6,163,776, was awarded in December of 2000.
Red Hat acquired open source developer JBoss in 2006 for $420 million. Software Tree contends that certain of Red Hat's JBoss products, including the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, which includes JBoss Hibernate, step on its patent.