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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Closed] (LEGAL-133) Does an Apache Project with Patents pose legal risk for its users?
Date Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:35:38 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-133?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Henri Yandell closed LEGAL-133.
    Resolution: Unresolved

Closing this as there doesn't seem to be anymore discussion happening and/or needed.

> Does an Apache Project with Patents pose legal risk for its users?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-133
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-133
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Priyank Rastogi
> Company-A contributes code to Project-X under Apache License, and has patents on the
technology contributed.
> This is permitted [e.g. Citrix having patents related to CloudStack].
> Company-B now downloads Project-X, and starts using it.
> Due to business reasons, Company-B forks Project-X, and starts maintaining a private
branch with private changes [which is permissible under Apache License].
> Company-B is using the software commercially.
> Is this a patent violation?
> Note that there is no list of patents for Project-X maintained anywhere, and Company-B
is not aware of Company-A patents which it may be infringing upon in private-fork of Project-X.

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