Defensive Patent License
The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is a project being worked on by Jason Schultz and Jennifer Urban, two law professors at UC Berkeley. It was first publicly discussed at a conference on May 7th 2010. Despite the name, it proposes a membership organisation, not a licence.
None of the details are finalised, but points being discussed include:
- Member companies would have to commit all their patents. Not just a chosen set, not just the patents of one department/affiliate of the company. (This aspect is still the subject of a lot of discussion)
- Members give all other members an irrevocable licence to freely use their patents.
- Members can leave, but this would not cancel the licences already granted during their membership.
Related pages on en.swpat.org
- LWN.net article, discusses the DPL from the 9th paragraph onward, 30 Apr 2010
- The Defensive Patent License makes patents less evil for open source, 7 May 2010
- By Florian Mueller:
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