Trend Micro Sues Barracuda Over Open Source Anti-Virus

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Jan 29 21:03:40 GMT 2008

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But actually, having read the patent a bit more, does it affect 
MailScanner theoretically? I can't tell, the legalese is so horrible to 
It doesn't affect MailScanner practically, as it's a US patent and so I 
am totally out of their jurisdiction.

Julian Field wrote:
> * PGP Signed: 01/29/08 at 20:53:25
> Having had a quick flick through the patent itself, it does not appear 
> to apply to my design of MailScanner, as it's not a proxy server in 
> any form.
> But it does affect just about every other system on the planet. This 
> really should never have been allowed as a patent. Fortunately the EU 
> doesn't have software patents, so they couldn't come after me even if 
> they wanted to, or could :-)
> These guys really are low-life pond weed.
> #include <stdlawyerjoke.h>
> Nigel Kendrick wrote:
>> "Anti-virus firm Trend Micro is suing Barracuda Networks over their 
>> use of
>> the open source anti-virus product ClamAV. The issue is Trend Micro's 
>> patent
>> on 'anti-virus detection on an SMTP or FTP gateway'. Companies like 
>> Symantec
>> and McAfee are already paying licensing fees to Trend Micro."
>> Just in case you missed it on Slashdot.
>> Nigel Kendrick
>> IT Associate
>> Pet Doctors Ltd
> Jules


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