FOSS Wars: Trend Micro Vs. ClamAV And Barracuda Networks - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Government // Enterprise Architecture
Commentary
2/12/2008
12:39 PM
Serdar Yegulalp
Serdar Yegulalp
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

FOSS Wars: Trend Micro Vs. ClamAV And Barracuda Networks

Welcome to the next round of open-source software patent litigation.  This time, it's antivirus software maker Trend Micro versus Barracuda Networks and ClamAV, and Barracuda isn't going down without a fight.

Welcome to the next round of open-source software patent litigation.  This time, it's antivirus software maker Trend Micro versus Barracuda Networks and ClamAV, and Barracuda isn't going down without a fight.

The short version: Antivirus software vendor Trend Micro filed U.S. patent 5,6230,600 back in 1995, which it claims covers antivirus scanning on a network gateway.  It has since brought suit against Barracuda Networks for using the open-source ClamAV product in its network-gateway protection devices.  According to Trend, ClamAV violates Trend's patent; either it needs to be removed from Barracuda's products or Barracuda needs to pony up a license fee.

Barracuda's stance: Trend's patent should be voided.  There are plenty of examples of prior art for this sort of thing, it claims; it cites seven examples right on its page about the whole issue.  That said, Trend has brought legal action against other companies -- not folks using open source software like this, though -- for also violating the patent.

What makes the case interesting is not only the fact that Barracuda is not lying down, but that quite a few other folks have stepped up to side with Barracuda.  Among them are some easily recognized open source luminaries, such as Eben Moglen and Richard Stallman, but there's also an as-yet-unnamed executive of another anti-spam company who's concealed his identity "to avoid being the next litigation target."

Barracuda's also on the hunt for a legacy product that it feels may bolster its case:

... we believe that a product called MIMESweeper 1.0 from a company called Clearswift, Authentium, or Integralis anticipates several claims of the '600 patent. We have yet to locate a copy of this product and would appreciate anyone who has a copy sending it our way.

Time to check your attic?

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
AI Regulation: Has the Time Arrived?
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  2/24/2020
News
Fighting the Coronavirus with Analytics and GIS
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/3/2020
Slideshows
IT Careers: 10 Job Skills in High Demand This Year
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  2/3/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll