`` Free and open source photo management software is infringing on patents '', a non-profit organization is sued by a mysterious company

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A company called Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC was found to have filed a complaint against the open source software being developed by the non-profit GNOME Foundation . This Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC is a company known as “ Patent Troll ” for a long time, and the user community has repelled that it is an unfounded lawsuit.

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GNOME Foundation facing lawsuit from Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC – GNOME

GNOME is Being Sued Because of Shotwell Photo Manager

GNOME Foundation is, GNOME is a non-profit organization that operates the GNOME project to develop a Linux desktop environment of that. According to a complaint filed in the district court on August 28, 2019, a mysterious company called Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC was infringed on patents by the free photo management tool Shotwell, which was developed in an open source based on the GNOME project. I appealed.

The patent that Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC claims to have been infringed is the following “Wireless image distribution system and method”. This patent was filed in 2008, and it connects the device that captures the image and the device that receives it wirelessly, and selectively sends the date and location. The applicant is LM Rothschild. It has become Mr.

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However, it is unclear how this will be applied to Shotwell, and it is pointed out in the user community forum that 'Shotwell is not an image capture device.'

It's FOSS, which deals with news related to open source and Linux, found that Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC has no official website or contact point, and there is no actual activity on the Internet. Nevertheless, Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC has filed a total of 48 patent lawsuits, all of which have been filed for infringement of Rothschild's own patents.

Actually, this person, Mr. Rothschild, has been known as a patent troll for a long time, repeating the excitement of `` expressing the idea of already common technology in very abstract sentences and applying for patents from one end '' I have been selected several times by the Electronic Frontier Foundation's “Most Stupid Patent of the Month”.

The patent of the drink mixer that is remotely operated with internet connection is selected as `` the most silly patent of the month ''-GIGAZINE

`` How to receive movies from the cloud '' is selected as the `` most silly patent of the month '' certified by the Electronic Frontier Foundation-GIGAZINE

Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations LLC, also associated with Rothschild, filed numerous patent infringement suits against companies that commercialized the idea of combining drinks and devices in 2017. It's FOSS argues, “Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC, like Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations LLC, may have been established by Rothschild to bring a lawsuit.”

However, Rothschild's aim is not to win the trial, but a large amount of settlement , and many companies pay the settlement to avoid troublesome and burdensome lawsuits. In fact, Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations LLC demands $ 75,000 as a settlement for the lawyer.

Mr. Rothschild has repeatedly repeated `` obtaining patents by abstractly expressing common things, taking lawsuits against companies and demanding settlements '', but it is not always winning . Rothschild sued Garmin for launching a GPS wearable device in 2017, but was thoroughly countered and lowered the complaint. Garmin, on the other hand, sued Rothschild and won. Mr. Rothschild is an instruction to pay in full the cost of Garmin has been the burden for the trial so far was handed down .

Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, said, “Unfortunately, we cannot comment any further at this time due to the ongoing lawsuit.” Responding to a lawsuit, not a settlement, means that you are legally opposed, so it is quite possible that Mr. Rothschild will receive a painful return depending on the flow of the trial.

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