Project Harmony decloaks
Posted Apr 15, 2011 16:01 UTC (Fri) by butlerm
In reply to: Project Harmony decloaks
Parent article: Project Harmony decloaks
Firstly, you don't get access to the patents of "Us" in return. Secondly, you can't terminate the patent license should "Us" sue you concerning one of their patents.
The first item should be part of the license used by the project as a whole. You would be foolish to sign away patent rights unless you have at least an implicit license to the patent rights of other contributors necessary to use the resulting software.
I agree the second part should be a standard component of any patent license or transfer to a commercial party, again with regard to the patents necessary to use the software itself. A blanket license to any and all patents of a commercial enterprise isn't likely unless you have patents to license in return.
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