Red Hat has built a strong business around open source software. The network-attached storage provider is a strong believer in the open source software community and feels that software patents have a deleterious effect on the industry. In fact, the company is so confident in this viewpoint that it is willing to take that opinion to the highest court in the land.
Red Hat has filed a brief in a Supreme Court case that will likely have a large impact on the future of software patents. In an upcoming case, Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, the Court will determine “whether claims to computer-implemented inventions – including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture – are directed to patent-eligible subject matter.”