According to the EU Sun has contributed more than three times as much code to open source than IBM.
IBM may have more patents, but which is more likely to engender EU innovation through the grassroots?
I certainly know which stat I would be more proud of. Time for IBM to make some more contributions? I bet ten bucks Bob Sutor hammers me for this post.
From a shareholder value perspective its interesting that IBM has led in patent filings for the last thirteen years. But its only now its becoming more liberal about its patents that its benefiting from the kind of collaborative innovation that is driving its bottom line.
One more time folks – Lets. Reform. The. Patent. System.
I live in what might be considered a pretty rough area of London but I don’t carry a knife for my “defense”. If I lived in the States in a rough area I wouldn’t carry a gun. The argument that “everyone else abuses the system so we have to” is pathetic. We might as well argue that it become the law we all keep a gun at home.
Leadership comes from doing things differently from the pack, not the same. On that note I would also like to see Sun make a once and future no patent assertion covenant.
But I tend to think congratulations are in order. Well done Sun Microsystems for making a contribution.