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?
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
, 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 :-)