Red Hat evades query about Acacia patent deal

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JBoss developers will continue to have sleepless nights after Red Hat, the biggest GNU/Linux company, evaded a query about its patent deal with Acacia, a firm that can only be described as a patent troll.

It is nearly two months since Red Hat settled a case with Acacia over alleged patent infringement in JBoss, software that Red Hat owns.

Noted open source advocate Bruce Perens raised the issue on November 12, questioning what motive lay behind Red Hat's secrecy.

He contrasted the company's attitude about the case to a similar one in 2007, also involving Acacia, the details of which had been made public when the patents in question were invalidated by a court.

The patent which was in question was owned by Software Tree Inc. Acacia acquired Software Tree's patent portfolio, and formed a subsidiary Software Tree LLC which does patent enforcement.

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