Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), which beefed up its legal team in March to help combat increasing legal challenges to its open-source technology, has settled two of three cases it has been fighting in federal court in Texas.

The company did not disclose whether it agreed to make any financial restitution to settle the suits.

However, the agreements do include “protection” for Red Hat customers and the open-source industry, Red Hat said in a statement. Firestar and DataTern filed the suits.

The “protection” for customers stresses a point emphasized by Red Hat and other open-source developers who faced possible legal repercussions for use of Linux-related technology.

SCO Group, which had acquired Unix-based technology once owned by Novell, sued IBM over open-source code that it said was based on Unix. That suit has so far proved to be unsuccessful.

Microsoft also has in the past threatened to sue Red Hat about what it claims is infringement upon its Windows code. Red Hat has denied any violation.

Indemnification of customers using Red Hat and other Linux-related code has been a lingering issue throughout the debate over intellectual property (IP). Red Had has offered what it calls an “Open Source Assurance” program for its customers.

“Typically, when a company settles a patent lawsuit, it focuses on getting safety for itself,” Rob Tiller, vice president and assistant general counsel for IP at Red Hat, said in a statement. “But that was not enough for us. We wanted broad provisions that covered our customers, who place trust in us, and the open-source community, whose considerable efforts benefit our business.”

Red Hat described the protection as “both upstream and downstream” for developers and distributors.

The agreement also covers Fedora, an open-source project supported by Red Hat.

The Firestar suit concerned a patent for the linkage of object-oriented software and relational databases and alleged it had been infringed by JBoss, a company that Red Hat acquired. Firestar later assigned the patent to DataTern, which then became involved in the lawsuit, according to The Associated Press.

Red Hat is still fighting a lawsuit that IP Innovation filed in October.

Tiller, a former member of the Helms, Mulliss & Wicker law firm, has focused on intellectual property and technology litigation as well as commercial litigation and antitrust in his career.

Richard Fontana joined Red Hat as open-source licensing and patent counsel. He worked most recently as counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center.