Questions tagged [patents]

For questions about the usages and roles of patents within open projects. This can concern protection of projects/patents, and their implications in licensing, projects, and usages.

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I have filled a pending patent, can I still publish my code as an open source? [closed]

I have filled a pending patent for my project in USPTO, can I still publish the source code (project) as an open source? What about that if I had a complete patent for it?
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If I license software under the MIT license, will I be able to collect patent royalties?

The GPLv2 and GPLv3 has anti-patent clauses. The GPLv2 patent clause is "liberty or death": For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all ...
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Integrating code without a patent license into a code base with a patent license

What issues are involved when taking code from (for example) MIT licensed code and including it in a Apache 2.0/GPLv3 licensed project. Does that mean that there is simply no patent license granted? ...
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Interference of Software Patents with Free & Open Source Software

While visiting wikipedia page on Free and open-source software, I noticed the challenges from the template at bottom: In which Digital rights management and Software patents seems considerable to me....
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Is technology in expired patents open source?

After a patent expires people are free to use it. Does this means, that the technology described in the claims are then Open Source?
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Is an official standard necessarily an open standard?

One of the hallmarks of the FLOSS philosophy is its reliance upon open standards. The OSI has the one definition of an open standard. The FSF has its own There are many bodies which produce ...
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How could using code released under CC0 infringe on the author's patents?

Creative Commons defines a CC0 license type (here's the full legal code) that claims to allow creators to release their works into the public domain by waiving "all their copyright and related rights ...
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Do software patents for common formats (gif, mp3, h264) apply globally? [closed]

I've been told that I should not use some format because it's patented (gif, mp3, h264). I'm not a U.S. citizen but from E.U. Do these patents apply to me? Are they global? U.S. specific? Or is it ...

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