In this article, open source heavyweight Bruce Perens explains the complications resulting from a lawsuit between Red Hat and Acacia. Acacia had sued Red Hat for violating a patent on the object-relational database paradigm, which allows developers to access databases without writing any SQL. The two companies announced that they reached a settlement in the case, but no one ever said what that settlement involved.
Perens thinks it likely that the case is sealed. Unfortunately, that means no one knows if Red Hat paid a license or not. If it did, it could leave JBoss developers and other open source project owners at a higher risk of patent lawsuits.View article