The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Red Hat, an open-source software company, in a patent infringement suit brought by Firestar related to database technology—in particular, object-relational mapping. This suit is believed to be the first patent infringement suit involving open-source software. Red Hat recently settled this suit and another recently-filed suit with the same plaintiff. The settlement was structured to be compatible with all versions of the GPL (General Public License), the open-source license under which many Red Hat products are developed and distributed, and provides licenses to the patents for all of Red Hat's products. In addition, the license extends not only to Red Hat and its customers, but also to members of the open-source community who contribute to the development of Red Hat's products.

Firestar Software, Inc. v. Red Hat, et al., No. 06-00258 (E.D. Tex. filed June 26, 2006). (Judge Ward).

Experience Center

Match our Experience to Your Needs

Experience Highlights

Sale of pathology laboratory
Represented seller in the sale of pathology laboratory through the sale of shares following spinoff of anatomic laboratory to shareholder. more
Trust funds litigation for equitable accounting of lands and resources for a tribal community
Serves as lead counsel representing claims for an equitable accounting of the trust funds, lands and resources the U.S. government has held in trusts more
Sale of grocery stores for Bi-Lo LLC
Represented Bi-Lo LLC in the sale of approximately 130 grocery stores in seven jurisdictions. more
Environmental litigation for yarn manufacturing supplier
The firm served as lead counsel for defendant, a supplier of spinning accessories throughout the yarn manufacturing sector of the textile industry, more