Subject: Re: Mozilla and Patents
Date: Tuesday 10th April 2012 16:44:57 UTC (over 5 years ago)
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:19:50 PM UTC+1, Gerv wrote: > On 09/04/12 21:29, Daniel Cater wrote: > > 1. Does Mozilla hold any patents that it inherited / acquired from Netscape / AOL? > > 2. Does Mozilla hold any patents that it inherited / acquired from elsewhere? > > 3. Does Mozilla hold any patents that it filed for itself? > > 4. Does Mozilla have a licence for any Netscape / AOL patents? > > 5. Does Mozilla have a licence for any other patents? > > 6. Does Mozilla have a patent policy? > > 7. Does Mozilla have a section on patents in employees' contracts? > > 8. Does this sale and licence of AOL patents to Microsoft have any meaningful impact on Mozilla? > > Hi Daniel, > > As you will understand, for legal reasons it's not normally wise to > discuss or speculate on patent-related matters except with one's > attorney. The recently-adopted Debian Patent Policy says: > > "Patent risks affect the entire community. If you are concerned about a > specific patent, please do not keep it to yourself — notify legal counsel. > > All communication related to specific patent risk should be directed to > [email protected], which is maintained under the rules of > attorney-client privilege. The risk will be evaluated and any necessary > response will be made directly to affected parties." > > In other words: "it's not smart to talk about patent risks in public". > > Some of your questions are matters of fact and probably public record; > but I'm not sure I have answers off the top of my head and even if I > did, I'd still want to consult before giving them :-) > > Gerv > >  http://www.debian.org/legal/patent OK. If you could consult the relevant people and ask them to respond to as much as is publicly sensible then that would be great. I think the minimum amount of information should be kept private within Mozilla (where it has relevance to the community as a whole). Thanks.