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Comment: Good for small businesses? (Score 5, Informative) 169

by Archie Gremlin (#21054811) Attached to: IBM Seeking 'Patent-Protection-Racket' Patent
This might be a great thing for small software companies. At the moment, they can't possibly afford defensive patent portfolios. This makes them extremely vulnerable to malicious suits from big companies that want to squash them.

Being able to buy a slice of protection from IBM would eliminate one of the biggest risks that small developers face. Of course, small companies can't pay millions of dollars in legal fees. IBM will have to offer to defend their clients in court in order to make this work.

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