[Members] proposal to join the Open Invention Network

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Wed Jan 20 16:17:08 UTC 2016

Yes, sorry, I should have mentioned that. I did have a conversation with 
OIN's European representative about the XSF joining as well as companies 
and projects within the XMPP community joining. They would 
enthusiastically welcome both.

On 1/19/16 3:37 PM, Winfried Tilanus wrote:
> On 01/19/2016 01:41 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> Good work. Did you have any contact with OIN about the XSF joining and
> the XSF being within their scope?
> Winfried
>> Folks, I've been doing some research on patent pools as a way to protect
>> the XSF, companies that use XMPP technologies, and open-source projects
>> that implement XMPP. Basically the pool is an agreement to not sue each
>> other and not be sued by those who hold patents in a wide range of
>> open-source and open-standards technologies (although the OIN website
>> talks alot about Linux, the patents in their pool are not limited to
>> Linux itself because OIN has spread their coverage into the entire
>> application space).
>> Based on my research as well as extensive discussion on the open-source
>> foundations list, I have concluded that there could be significant
>> benefit in joining the Open Invention Network, an open patent pool that
>> was founded by IBM, NEC, Philips, RedHat, Sony and SuSe (later joined by
>> Google). Over 500,000 U.S. patents have been "pledged" to OIN (i.e., are
>> part of the pool but retained by their respective companies) by
>> participating organizations and thus extended to 1800+ licensees:
>> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/community-of-licensees/
>> OIN also seems to have registered a smaller number of key patents on its
>> own:
>> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/about-us/us-patents-owned-by-oin/
>> And OIN has 2300+ open-source packages in their package list:
>> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/joining-oin/linux-system/linux-system-table/?cat_id=13&type=table
>> Finally, OIN has safeguards in place to avoid being taken over for
>> trolling purposes:
>> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/press-room/faqs/
>> I see no downside and many upsides in having the XSF join OIN and sign
>> their license agreement:
>> http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/joining-oin/oin-license-agreement/
>> The XSF can also help introduce individual XMPP-related projects and
>> companies to OIN. The XSF would not represent such projects and
>> companies with OIN or sign them up as licensees, but instead would
>> encourage them to do that directly with OIN so that we can help to
>> protect the XMPP ecosystem from patent lawsuits.
>> I plan to bring this up with the XSF Board of Directors at its next
>> meeting, but I also wanted to raise awareness among XSF members before
>> then.
>> Feedback is welcome, as always!
>> Peter

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