Patents and OpenMoko

Jonathan Spooner jspooner at
Fri Feb 8 10:26:14 CET 2008

So you want to patent any unique tech in the neo to prevent some scum 
from patenting your ideas then taking openmoko to court?

Then just do it!  Its in everyones interest not to see openmoko taken 
down so I'd imagine anyone here with an ounce of sense would not have a 
bad word to say about that.

Its really that simple, is it not?


Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
> 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 game.
> 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.
> Sean
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