[pp.int.general] Patent system similar to GPL?

Sina Amoor Pour sina.amoorpour at gmail.com
Sun Feb 27 03:21:22 CET 2011

On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Richard Stallman <rms a gnu.org> wrote:

> I am very surprised by that statement, since if true it would mean
> they have done something I believe is impossible.  Can you show us
> what their legal technique actually consists of?

The base technology remains the property of whoever the patent belongs to.
All those who agree to the same terms of sharing obtain access to
improvements, and other information (such as regulatory and biosafety data).

To maintain legal access to the technology, you must agree not to prevent
others who have agreed to the same terms from using the technology and any
improvements in the development of different products.

Both products and improvements can still be patented, and products and
services can be developed for profit or for public good, but licensees and
those who have used the technology under BiOS agreements may not assert
rights to exclude from use of improvements, even patented improvements,
against the licensor and other licensees within the protected commons.

Does this answer your question?

> --
> Dr Richard Stallman
> President, Free Software Foundation
> 51 Franklin St
> Boston MA 02110
> www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org
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