March 30, 2001

Perens to call IBM's bluff on patents

Author: JT Smith

"Bruce Perens, the open source founding father who hired on at HP as a strategic advisor in December, is planning to hold the collective
toes of the computer establishment to the fire over the issue of open sourcing their precious patent portfolios.

Perens says he's gotten the money from HP to co-sponsor an invitation-only closed-door summit near the Moscone Center in San
Francisco on the Friday and Saturday after LinuxWorld this August and intends to challenge the likes of IBM, which holds 10% of all the
patents in the industry, to figure out a way to open up its invaluable treasure house to open source developers." More at LinuxGram.

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