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Re: [fielding@apache.org: Review of proposed Apache License, version 2.0]

On Nov 17, 2003, at 11:16, John Goerzen wrote:

This is only useful if you do not have a valid defense for the problem
already. In other words, it is only useful as a strong-arm tactic to let your own company effectively ignore patents of others. After all, if the lawsuit filed against you has no merit, you don't need a patent portfolio to
defend against it.

I have seen estimates of the cost of litigating patents in the rang of one and a half to two million dollars (quick google search citations below).

That's why people use patents defensively --- because it costs way to much to litigate!

	$2 million through trial

<http://www.atkinson-burrington.com/pressreleases/ cost_patent_litigation.htm>
	£100,000-£1,000,000 through trial

	$1 million for discovery alone. $1.5 million through trial. Includes
	footnotes with explanations and citation

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