An Open Invention Network (OIN) organization that protects the Linux ecosystem from patent claims will take part in protecting the GNOME project from the Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC patent troll attack. At the Open Source Summit Europe conference these days, the OIN director said the organization had already assembled a team of lawyers who would look into the facts of earlier use of the technologies described in the patent (Prior art), which would help to invalidate the patent.

OIN cannot use the patent pool created for Linux protection for GNOME protection, since Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC only owns intellectual property, but does not conduct development and production activities, i.e. it is not possible for her to bring a retaliatory lawsuit related to the violation of the terms of use of patents in any products. Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC is a classic patent troll that lives mainly on small-business startup claims and companies that lack the resources for a lengthy lawsuit and find it easier to pay compensation. Over the past 6 years, Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC has filed 714 such claims.

According to the director of OIN, the organization initially focused on creating an environment that protects Linux from hostile business practices. Since open projects have become more popular in all areas, such companies are becoming less and less. Therefore, now OIN can pay attention to the risks that arise as a result of the activity of non-practicing companies, namely patent trolls, living only through lawsuits and deductions. In the near future, OIN also intends to announce a new partnership with two large companies with experience in opposing insolvent patents and invalidating such patents.

Recall that the GNOME Foundation is charged with patent infringement 9,936,086 in the Shotwell photo manager. The patent is dated 2008 and describes a technique for wirelessly connecting an image capture device (telephone, web-camera) to an image-receiving device (computer) and then selectively transmitting images with filtering by date, location and other parameters. According to the plaintiff, for the violation of the patent, it is sufficient to have the import function from the camera, the ability to group images according to certain criteria and send images to external sites (for example, to a social network or photo service).

The plaintiff proposed to withdraw the lawsuit in exchange for the purchase of a license to use a patent, but GNOME did not agree to the deal and decided to fight until the end, since the assignment would jeopardize other open projects that could potentially become victims of the said patent troll. To finance the protection of GNOME, the GNOME Patent Troll Defense Fund was created, which has already raised 109 thousand dollars out of the necessary 125 thousand.





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