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[ba-unrev-talk] [Idea] No, but...Re: [Question]prevent and pre-empt the patenting of extensions and [Question-2]What counts as an extension

Two very related (imho) questions have been asked.    (01)

So far as I know, the only way a patent can be prevented is by showing 
prior art.    (02)

What's important here, it seems to me, is the nature of an *extension* 
(presumably to a licensed artifact).    (03)

I will, in fact, reply to Question-2 with another response, but that will 
be to offer my defining conceptualization: an extension is some artifact 
that relies on that which it extends.    (04)

Given that definition, then, I think, the license terms under which the 
extension is created might have the ability, if not to prevent, to at least 
keep development in that direction open under some specific terms required 
to satisfy the license.  I think GPL and the Apple Public License have 
words to the effect that any patent requires a royalty-free license to use 
the technology within the context of the original artifact and its 
(patented) extension.    (05)

Warning: I'm not a lawyer. Never played one on TV, either.    (06)

At 07:17 PM 6/10/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>Is it possible to prevent and pre-empt the patenting of extensions by
>others?    (07)

and    (08)

Question 2:
What counts as an extension?    (09)

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jack Park" <jackpark@thinkalong.com>
>To: <ba-unrev-talk@bootstrap.org>
>Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 11:04 PM
>Subject: [CON] Open for IP abuse {Re: [ba-unrev-talk] [IDEA]: No license
>at all}
> > If you make no license at all, then you open the door to others
> > your intellectual property (IP) by any of a variety of means,
> > patenting extensions to it which prevent you from evolving the product
> > that direction.
> >
> > At 10:22 PM 6/9/2002 +0100, you wrote:
> > >Given:
> > >1- The software must be free from encumbrance from evolving in any
> > >natural direction needed to satisfy the requirement that the software
> > >continue to play an important role in a world of complex and crucial
> > >issues, and which is evolving continuously.
> > >2- The software must available to all who need it.
> > >
> > >IDEA: How about: No license at all. Totally open, gratis,
> > >
> > >--
> > >Peter
> >
> >    (010)