Patents and OpenMoko

David Schlesinger David.Schlesinger at
Thu Feb 7 21:16:31 CET 2008

I'd get in touch with the Linux Foundation/Software Freedom Law Center
and discuss their "patent commons" with them. Write me off-list, Sean,
and I can get you in touch with the right folks, I think...

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Subject: Patents and OpenMoko

Dear Community,

Most of you know that OpenMoko is a fully independent company at this 
point. With this great opportunity comes many challenges. Today I would 
like to share one with you all and ask for some advice.

We need to file patents for our hardware as well as software designs. 
While my personal views on software patents are inline with people like 
Eben Moglen, as a company, we are forced to play by the rules of the

What I want is for a our company's patents to be freely available, for 
anyone, but for defensive purposes only.

Are there any existing options available to us now? Does anyone know of 
existing companies or organizations with a similar strategy that we can 
seek guidance or partnership.

Again, I want to emphasize that we only want our patents to be used in 
defense. And what constitutes defense is something that we want to be 
able to define (and potentially even redefine when new threats arise).

Thanks in advance for the help.


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