[oshug] Defensive Patent License

Adrian Godwin adrian at toynbee.org.uk
Wed May 19 16:18:16 UTC 2010

Isn't that like having an armed peacekeeping force ? You can see the 
logic but it seems wrong somehow. Like a nuclear deterrent.

There's a discussion over on Slashdot about this - someone makes the 
important point that it only works with patent users .. not patent 
trolls, who don't actually make anything.


Bryan Bishop wrote:
> (I'll be currating responses at the openmanufacturing.org group, if
> anyone is interested in hearing all the responses..)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: shazzner <shazzner at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
> Subject: [austin-hacker-space] Defensive Patent License
> To: Austin Hackerspace <austin-hacker-space at googlegroups.com>
> There is some new scuttlebutt over Defensive Patent Licenses as a way
> out for open-source software companies to avoid patent litigation
> against producing entities.
> I think this might be work for hardware along with software too, so we
> might see a Hackerspace defensive patent pool. Discuss.
> http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/05/will-defensive-patent-license-be-able.html
> http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/05/dpl-and-fair-troll-business-model-make.html

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