The authorized dispute between GNOME and Rothschild Patent Imaging during which the open-source software program group was accused of patent violation has lastly been settled.
GNOME stated in a press launch, additionally embedded beneath, that the walk-away settlement features a launch and covenant to not be sued for any patents that Rothschild Patent Imaging owns.
“Both Rothschild Patent Imaging and Leigh Rothschild are granting a launch and covenant to any software program that’s launched below an current Open Source Initiative authorised license (and subsequent variations thereof), together with for the whole Rothschild portfolio of patents, to the extent such software program types a cloth a part of the infringement allegation,” GNOME says.
The authorized battle in opposition to a patent troll
While no specifics have been offered on the phrases of deal, GNOME initially accused Rothschild Patent Imaging of asking for “a excessive 5 quantity,” calling the corporate a “patent troll.”
However, GNOME defined in October 2019, when the group additionally determined to countersue RPI, that paying for a settle “can be improper.”
“Agreeing to this would go away this patent dwell, and permit this for use as a weapon in opposition to numerous others. We will stand agency in opposition to this baseless assault, not only for GNOME and Shotwell, however for all free and open supply software program initiatives,’ GNOME stated.
“We need to ship a message to all software program patent trolls on the market — we are going to battle your swimsuit, we are going to win, and we may have your patent invalidated.”
The lawsuit focused the Shotwell picture administration software, and RPI stated the software program violated considered one of its patents. GNOME, nevertheless, claimed this wasn’t a sound patent, combating the declare in courtroom in an try to stop different organizations from being accused of patent violation sooner or later.
GNOME was represented in courtroom pro-bono by Shearman & Sterling LLP.