[JSR358-47] Can/Should we strengthen reciprocity to apply across JSRs? Created: 21/Dec/12  Updated: 21/Dec/12

Status: Open
Project: jsr358
Component/s: Licensing
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: None

Type: New Feature Priority: Major
Reporter: gtene Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
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The reciprocity language in current JSPA provides powerful protection. In effect, it allows a Spec lead to outbound-license the inbound patent rights associated with a specification such that asserting patents against a compatible implementation of a JSR would become impractical for any company making use of the JSR technology.

Given the prevalent use of some JSRs this provides all users of those JSRs with powerful protection against patent attacks. E.g. very few companies exist that can afford to stop making any use of Java SE or Java EE.

The question here is: Should we extend this powerful reciprocity protection across JSRs, such that IP rights involved in ANY JSR technology depends on the licensee's willingness to provide reasonable license terms to patents the licensee holds on ANY JSR.

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