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Trend Micro Goes Trolling

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Date: Jan 29, 2008 - 08:25 AM
Take an antivirus maker whose products have not been worth crap for years, add in a successful competitor, mix in open source antivirus software, stir in a dash of a patent that was so obvious it should never have been granted, and what do you get?

You get Trend Micro patent trolling against Barracuda Networks.

Presumably in order to have the case fall under ITC jurisdiction, Trend Micro's filing alleges that, because ClamAV is developed by FOSS developers from around the world, it is imported software -- despite the fact that it is readily downloadable from its site on, a U.S.-based Web site (owned by the same company that owns According to Barracuda and its publicists, the filing also claims that Barracuda is importing unique motherboards and power supplies for its products. In fact, Drako claims, "They're standard, off-the-shelf components that you could buy anywhere."

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