Red Hat faces another patent infringement lawsuit over JBoss

4 03 2009

Software Tree, a Silicon Valley database company that develops object-relational mapping technologies, has filed a lawsuit against Red Hat, alleging that the Java-based JBoss application server infringes on one of its patents. The suit also names several of Red Hat’s allies, including hardware-maker Dell, which sells a Red Hat appliance that comes preloaded with JBoss.

Red Hat acquired JBoss in 2006 for 0 million, a move that effectively turned the Linux distributor into a major target for patent infringement litigation. Database technology is a patent minefield and there are quite a few broad patents that cover various fundamental aspects of object-relational mapping.

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