[Members] proposal to join the Open Invention Network

Winfried Tilanus winfried at tilanus.com
Thu Jan 21 14:06:45 UTC 2016


On 01/20/2016 05:46 PM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

Hi,

> First, the XSF would not license our specifications under two different
> licenses. Instead, we would benefit from becoming a licensee to the
> 500,000 patents in OIN's pool. This helps to protect us if someone
> claims that one of our technologies violates a patent out there in the
> world.

Correct.

> Second, the OIN patent pool is very much not limited to Linux, even
> though that is where they started out. As far as I can see, their
> definition of Linux is so broad that it includes a great deal of the
> application space, including technologies such as messaging and
> audio/video that we implement in XMPP.

IMHO 'As far as I can see' is not strong enough for me. I would like to
have a confirmation that XMPP is indeed within the scope of ION.

> Third, there is further benefit in having companies and projects that
> are active in the XMPP community join the OIN separately, and the XSF
> can help to facilitate that.

Of course, this is up to the companies and projects, but it would be a
logical step for an open standards organisation to facilitate this.

Winfried



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