[Members] proposal to join the Open Invention Network

Arc Riley arcriley at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 21:01:03 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 6:02 AM, Winfried Tilanus <winfried at tilanus.com>

> But as far as I understand the legal construction of the OIN, the
> members individually can say: XMPP is not Linux, so we don't have the
> obligation to pull the trigger when XMPP is under attack.

Any patent used against an application of FOSS software is under OIN, not
just the Linux kernel itself.

Since XMPP is integrated into the popular Linux desktops, Android,
Chromium, etc not to mention many FOSS XMPP clients this should be an easy
case to make if it ever comes up.

Your metaphor of joining the OIN being like joining a nuclear armistice
agreement is spot-on. The most critical area for this is with IoT where
lots of trashy startups have high hopes of locking out competition by
patenting MTI protocol concepts.
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