Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 11:04 UTC
Legal "Microsoft today issued a brief statement promising to make 'essential patents' available to competitors at fair and reasonable licensing rates, and promised not to sue companies making products that infringe these patents. The actual patents themselves weren't disclosed, but Microsoft joins both Google and Apple in making recent statements on so-called fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing terms. Such licensing terms designate certain patents as essential to complying with industry standards, making them available for licensing at (supposedly) lower-than-usual rates." This industry is dysfunctional.
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Patent list?
by martini on Fri 10th Feb 2012 17:27 UTC
martini
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2006-01-23

Good "make 'essential patents' available to competitors at fair and reasonable licensing rates".... but where is the patent list?

I had seen this kind of efforts from Microsoft before. At the end we never know which patents can we use and which not.

It is confusing on purpose, because MS wants to reserve the right to sue or at least threat with patents.

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RE: Patent list?
by n4cer on Fri 10th Feb 2012 20:23 in reply to "Patent list?"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Good "make 'essential patents' available to competitors at fair and reasonable licensing rates".... but where is the patent list?

I had seen this kind of efforts from Microsoft before. At the end we never know which patents can we use and which not.

It is confusing on purpose, because MS wants to reserve the right to sue or at least threat with patents.


You aren't usually going to get a list. Having a list presents additional maintenance costs, and there's no guarantee it would be complete even if maintained.

You'd get a blanket license to patents essential to implementing the standard solely for the purpose of implementing the standard. Usually there would be a document associated with the standard covering the licensing of relevant patents.

Any other such usage would have to be negotiated with the patent holder. In MS' case, their point of contact is here: http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/IntellectualProperty/IPL...

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