Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Jun 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by dizmal
Legal Canonical have become the first member to sign up to the Open Invention Network's new associate membership program. The Open Invention Network exists to acquire patents and license them royalty free to entities which, in turn, "agree not to assert their own patents against Linux or Linux-related applications." Current well-known companies involved with the OIN include Sony, IBM and Novell.
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RE: Comment by Parry Hotter
by dizmal on Fri 25th Jun 2010 23:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Parry Hotter"
dizmal
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2009-04-22

I agree its not very clear but from what i understood the licensee commits to not suing against linux (for patent infringement) and can use OIN patent pool royalty free whilst is more than that (maybe share there patents in the pool or helps actively to defend cases against linux) and there are the founding members.

Its not very clear but seems to me licensee=passive help (by not suing) while associate= active help (not clear maybe by sharing patents or exact details will be tailored for each associate)

Edited 2010-06-25 23:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Parry Hotter
by Moochman on Sat 26th Jun 2010 08:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by Parry Hotter"
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2005-07-06

Its not very clear but seems to me licensee=passive help (by not suing) while associate= active help (not clear maybe by sharing patents or exact details will be tailored for each associate)


Yeah, I kind of doubt that Ubuntu has too many patents (if any) that they could use to prop up the portfolio of the OIN...

Edited 2010-06-26 08:12 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Parry Hotter
by lemur2 on Sat 26th Jun 2010 10:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Parry Hotter"
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2007-02-17

" Its not very clear but seems to me licensee=passive help (by not suing) while associate= active help (not clear maybe by sharing patents or exact details will be tailored for each associate)


Yeah, I kind of doubt that Ubuntu has too many patents (if any) that they could use to prop up the portfolio of the OIN...
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The OIN doesn't work like that. Partners join the OIN, and contribute funds, and the OIN then uses those funds and buys defensive patents.

There is another organisation entirely, called the Patent Commons, where members contribute patents they already hold:
http://www.patentcommons.org/

Canonical aren't involved there, but they can be involved at the OIN.

There is another organisation which is set up to help defend open source software against attack by patent trolls, this one goes by the name of Open Source as Prior Art (OSAPA).

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/legal/osapa

Since Canonical is based on Debian anyway, and Canonical is a relative Jhonny-come-lately, the canonical aren't really in a position to help there either.

There is AFAIK only one other area where Canonical might be able to help:
http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/legal/defense-fund

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