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Trend Micro v. Barracuda, Fortinet (2008, USA)

In January 2008, it became public knowledge that Trend Micro were suing Barracuda for distribution of Clam Antivirus - a free software anti-virus package - in relation to Trend's patent US5,623,600.

This raised questions of software patents harming computer security.

Initial news

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Previous victims

Trend Micro has previously used this patent against others in the field.[3] Companies paying licence fees include Symantec, McAfee, Fortinet, and Panda.[4]

Boycott Trend Micro

In response, a boycott was launched against Trend Micro.[5] This boycott was supported by FSF[6] and brought press attention so the issue.[7][8][9]

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