23 Patents Released under new Defensive Patent License v1.1
23 international patents on low-power screens for computers and phonesare now licensed under the new Defensive Patent License (DPL) version1.1, a free license that encourages public sharing of patentedinventions. The patents were invented by Pixel Qi, asunlight-readable, low-power liquid crystal display startup. They arenow owned and licensed by John Gilmore, co-founder of the ElectronicFrontier Foundation.
"Patent owners have the power to reduce the excesses of patent law byusing an appropriate public license. TheDPLis modeled on the GNUGeneral Public License and the Creative Commons Share-Alike license,which allow and encourage sharing of copyrighted works. TheDPLallows and encourages sharing of patented inventions. Those whochoose to share their inventions make the world a better place,without reducing the commercial value of their patents. Joining withother contributors, they gradually build a patent commons whosestrength can rival proprietary patent pools," said John Gilmore.
"The whole world spends hours per day reading from screens and thosescreens are the largest battery drain in devices, so I invented thesetechnologies to improve our visual experience and to reduce the power wasted by screens," said Mary Lou Jepsen, founder and CTO of One Laptop PerChild and Pixel Qi. "Pixel Qi failed as a business because the world wasntready for low power devices, but these technologies still enable a path tomake phones, computers, TVs, and car consoles look better while slashingpower draw and making batteries last days or weeks longer. I am happy tosupport John and the launch of the DPL."
"John's commitment is a strong step toward building a broad network ofpatent owners who care about our freedom to access and innovate withtechnology.DPLpatents are pro-innovation and pro-competition" said Jason Schultz, clinical professor at NYU School of law and co-author of theDPL with Jennifer Urban, a clinical professor at Berkeley Law. "The more patent owners that participate, the more benefits arecreated for DPL users -- and for all people and companies whohave no patents."
TheDPLis an open source-style patent license that legally andpublicly commits its users to protecting the freedom to share andimprove patented inventions, among a community of like-mindedpeople. It also helps to establish a robust body of prior art thatdeters subsequent attempts to patent the same inventions in ways thatrestrict access and freedom.
Under the terms of theDPL, anyone in the world can license Gilmore'spatents royalty-free as long as they offer the same freedom withrespect to all of their own patents and any future patents they mayacquire. They make this offer to everyone else in theDPLcommunity,by simply publishing their own commitment to the License. One doesnot need to own any patents to become part of theDPLcommunity.Anyone without patents can make the same commitment and get free useof allDPL-licensed patents.
Further information on Mr. Gilmore'sDPLcommitment andDPLv1.1 will bediscussed on the Announcement Conference Call:
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1:00 p.m.Pacific Time
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