Black Duck Obtains Patent on License Compliance Method

Black Duck announced that a patent issued on its license compliance methodology.  This move is likely to be unpopular with the open source community, given its opposition to software patents generally.  The patent application was filed seven years ago, which is a long lead time even in the glacial pace of US patent prosecution.  Black Duck’s Tim Yeaton blogged about the patent, floating a trial balloon about an IBM-style patent pledge.