Posts Tagged: Open Source


Tesla on Patents: Open Source Altruism or Shrewd Business?

Musk has been creating some waves in his role as CEO of Tesla Motors. In a self-authored blog post published on the official Tesla Motors blog, Musk …

Do Patents Promote Innovation? The Market is the Final Arbiter

In my opinion the best way to judge the success or failure of the patent system is by looking broadly at the type of competition it enables …
By Marc Ehrlich
9 years ago 0

Is Qualcomm’s New Corporate Structure an Open Source Firewall?

It seems that at least one major component of the restructuring is being driven by the company's attempts to move forward with open source, but doing so …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 0

Beware Twitter’s New Patent Agreement Scheme

So Twitter can use the donated patents "defensively" to initiate a lawsuit if they feel threatened? If they deem it is otherwise necessary to deter a patent …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 15

Crowdsourcing Solutions: Embracing Open Source Innovation

The search for innovative ideas has never been easy, but the advent of crowdsourcing technologies and powerful players willing to embrace new methodologies seems to be paying …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 1

What Happened to the Obama Open Source Initiative?

President Obama reportedly asked McNealy to prepare a report on how the federal government could employ open source software, but as yet, some 26 months later there has …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 21

Interview: Erik Iverson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Erik Iverson is Associate General Counsel with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working exclusively with Foundation's Global Health initiate. Mr. Iverson works with grantees in the development …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 10

The Meaning of “Open Source”: Patented by Microsoft

As the open source movement grows Microsoft, which is always the 800 pound gorilla in the room, may consider bringing patent infringement suits. It seems that is the …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 26

Beware Open Source Strings Attached if You Want a Patent

Just this week I had the opportunity to consult with a client that is in the process of creating unique software that is, at least in my …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 43

The Role for Open Source in Paradigm Shifting Innovation

There is an important role that open source could play moving forward, and that role is to set the foundation of innovation and technology, which is no …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 104

Patenting Software: The Business Responsible Thing to Do

Whether the "open source means free" community ever chooses to acknowledge it, the truth is that a patent is a business tool; an asset. If you are …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 95

Why Open Source Stalls Innovation and Patents Advance It

I have wondered out loud why we don't have more of a bounce coming off this Great Recession. Certainly the historical dysfunctionality of the Patent Office prior …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 151

Beware Those Claiming Software Patents Are Unnecessary

If patents are good for Microsoft and the tech giants, patents are right for Red Hat and the open source community and patents are demanded by investors, …
By Gene Quinn
12 years ago 99

Open Source Success Must Embrace Proprietary Features

Sure, a computer programmer with time on their hands can write code and freely give it away, but that is not a business model or innovation strategy …
By Gene Quinn
12 years ago 2

Open Source Race to Zero May Destroy Software Industry

The trouble with freeware is that there is no margin on free, and while open source solutions are not free, the race to asymptotically approach free is …
By Gene Quinn
13 years ago 73