Patents and OpenMoko

Shachar Shemesh shachar at
Fri Feb 8 06:21:04 CET 2008

Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:

> What I want is for a our company's patents to be freely available, for 
> anyone, but for defensive purposes only.
Aside from patent-commons, which is just a way to allow mutual defense 
for fellow FOSS projects (assuming I understood this correctly), what I 
know of is to give irrevocable, transferable non-exclusive license to 
anyone to use your patents for any software released under the GPL. Such 
a license is GPLv3 compatible, is proof against acquisition, but does 
not diminish the defensive aspect of the patent.

Bear in mind - I am not a lawyer.


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