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Re: [spf-discuss] Re: Open Patent certification mark

2007-04-27 16:00:02

On Fri, 27 Apr 2007, Mark Shewmaker wrote:

On Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 04:45:39PM -0700, william(at)elan.net wrote:

On Fri, 27 Apr 2007, Julian Mehnle wrote:

What do others think?

Lets go ahead with one package to help Mark out in his efforts.


I think a lot more research is needed though what is good for
open-source patent related system. Personally I'd like to see
GPL-like patent license where company gets a license to use
certain patent iff it also promised that any other technology
for which it gets patent and use of which would also require
use of original "open source" patent would also have to be
released under same "open source" patent license (this is
top stop EEE and and similar problems where companies are
only using open-source but not giving back or when giving
back making it severely restricted).

That is precisely the intent of the patent-license section of the

Thanks. Hard to grasp and IANAL.

BTW, I've asked about it once and was told (by a lawyer) that
this may not be doable in legally binding way. Tough issue -
I think you need to get legal minds at GNU and FSF involved.

William Leibzon
Elan Networks

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