What, no patent issues here ? Oh wait, I get it, greater "interoperability" leads to more targets for bogus patent claims like the ones my poor firm (a datacenter/hosting business) received a few days ago.
Here is the letter we received as a follow-up to an in-person meeting with a lame patent enforcement goon regarding claims to the effect that all the "linux" servers in our datacenter somehow violate yet-unspecified patents
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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:26 PM
Subject: XXXXXXXX - XXXXX NDA
It was a pleasure to meet with you Tuesday. I appreciate your interest and concern regarding the patent matters we discussed. As requested, I am sending (attached) a mutual, two-way Non-Disclosure Agreement. I believe that you will find this agreement fair and reasonable for both of our companies. Please sign and date, then scan (or FAX) a copy to me â" and also forward the original document via mail. My contact info is below.
Once I receive this document, I can work with you to make arrangements to meet with you again to show XXXXXXXXâ(TM)s patents and how they are infringed. If you wish, I can also forward licensing terms.
I look forward to working with you to amicably resolve this important matter.
[NDA available upon request]