[linux-elitists] Re: Patent Proposals
Tue Mar 20 13:48:54 PST 2001
begin Mr. Bad quotation of Tue, Mar 20, 2001 at 01:35:29PM -0800:
> What about these possible other points?
> * Propose a moratorium on new software patents by the
Not likely to get much support because of the current need for defensive
> * Propose a moratorium on new software patent lawsuits.
A committment to "No First Use" of software and business methods patents
would probably fly with at least some companies.
> That would mean forming an organization to "bank" existing
> software patents, and allow immediate cross-licensing for
> all new members.
This screams antitrust.
> * Propose a new GNU-style license for patents, so that patents
> already in their portfolio can be licensed for free to all
> takers, with provisos about patenting derivative works
> and/or making patent attacks in the future -- kind of like a
> preemptive patent swap.
> There are probably any number of lawyers or law professors
> who would be happy to create this kind of patent license.
Seth has been talking with this organization:
http://www.openpatents.org/ He knows more about its progress, supporters,
and general good-or-badness than me.
> It seems that there is a lot that big software patent holders can do
> to make changes in the private sector, in parallel with the Patent
> Office reform. Why not at least give them a chance to reject this
Sounds good. I'll incorporate this stuff into the end of the
document...how do you want to be cited?
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