Mozilla and Patents

Harvey Anderson, Mozilla’s General Counsel (that is, chief lawyer), has written a couple of blogposts recently on Mozilla and software patents.

  • The first was about the Microsoft purchase of the AOL/Netscape patents;
  • The second contains some more general thoughts on Mozilla’s patent strategy.

Also noteworthy is Twitter’s announcement today of the “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” (IPA), a model agreement for companies to come to with their employees, such that the company can still file for patents on the employee’s inventions but those patents can only be used defensively. You can read the draft IPA on GitHub, and even fork it and submit pull requests :-)

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