Patent rights

Michael Powers powers at
Fri Mar 24 02:34:35 UTC 2000

Me again,

The second question I have is:

By releasing Flatland Rover to open source under MPL we enable people to
use the patent rights that we have. It is unclear to me the extent to which
we are giving over use of these patent rights. Under MPL are we saying:

1. that the patent rights only extend for use with the source code that is
given out


2. that the patents could be applied to any other code base that has
nothing to do with the code we released? (for instance, someone could write
a 3DML player in Java even though we did not release Java source - the
patents we have cover core parts of the 3DML architecture)

Thanks again for any help,


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