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Red Hat settles patent case with Acacia - shares few details

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Open source is all about transparency, but that doesn't always apply to all aspects of the open source ecosystem.

Red Hat has settled an alleged patent infringement case with IP firm Acacia Research Corporation around U.S. Patent #6,163,776. That particular case was pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Civil Action No: 6:09-cv-00097-LED.

As far as I could tell from the legal filing, the action was in reference to alleged intellectual property infringement in Red Hat's open source JBoss middleware software filed in March of 2009 by Acacia's Software Tree LLC division.The patent in question is titled,"System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system."

As to how Red Hat has settled the alleged IP infringement, that's where the transparency (or lack thereof) is my concern.

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