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Re: CLA question (was: Re: Regarding start of Community Group beta today (2011-06-28))

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:18:23 -0500
Cc: Kristian Sons <kristian.sons@dfki.de>, public-council@w3.org
Message-Id: <0F1941B7-FC0A-4521-B8F2-DE23EF7B1AF5@w3.org>
To: "ri@odrl.net" <ri@odrl.net>

On 30 Jun 2011, at 8:13 AM, ri@odrl.net wrote:

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> On 30 Jun 2011, at 20:07, Kristian Sons wrote:
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>> Company A has a bright idea for CG B and contributes it. Now it's published as agreed by CLA. For some reason, CG B is not successful and discontinues its work. Now company A decides to exploit the bright idea in a proprietary product and would like to protect the idea using a patent.
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> <non-legal-advice>
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> Hi Kristian - since you have contributed (ie made public) the "bright idea", you will not be able to Patent it.
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> </non-legal-advice>

That's not exactly it. 

You can patent whatever you would like. However, essential patents must be available according to the terms of the CLA (which includes RF licensing).

Ian

> 
> Cheers
> 
> Renato Iannella
> ODRL Initiative
> http://odrl.net
> 
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> 
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