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If you name React in your patent lawsuit against Facebook, your license for React is terminated. Other software licenses remained unaffected.

That seems like a pretty reasonable stance for distributing an open source project.




Both you and grandparent are wrong. I have consulted with lawyers on this (and the language is pretty clear as well). If you initiate a patent lawsuit against FB on any grounds, you lose patent protection for this library (or React, Reactive-Native, etc -- they share the same patent licensing terms).

If you counter-sue FB after they have initiated a patent suit against you, you are ok, as long as your counter-suit does not cover patents you were licensed via using React, Yoga, etc.

This type of patent language is called a "strong patent retaliation clause." What you are describing also exists (Apache uses it) and is called the "weak patent retaliation clause." They are not the same.


It doesn't matter if you use React or not. If you sue Facebook, they can sue you for any patents they hold.


Of course, but having to stop using React as a result would be deadly for a company that built its company on it. :)


It doesn't matter if you use React or not. If you infringe on any of facebook's patents and go after them, they can counter sue.


If I am using React/Yoga/etc, and have a patent on FooTech, and Facebook starts using it tomorrow without license, and I sue them, then I have tripped clause (i).

The license granted hereunder will terminate, automatically and without notice, if you (or any of your subsidiaries, corporate affiliates or agents) initiate directly or indirectly, or take a direct financial interest in, any Patent Assertion: (i) against Facebook or any of its subsidiaries or corporate affiliates

At that point, I am infringing any patents that FB have on all of {React/Yoga/etc}. Thus opening myself up immediately to a counter-patent suit, even I infringe no other FB patents.

tl;dr any patent suit initiated by me (troll or legitimate), revokes all the patent grants for every FB product using this license.


It doesn't matter if you use React or not. If you sue Facebook, they can sue you for any of the patents they hold.


IANAL but isn't the text quoted above also saying that except if initiated by Facebook suing you over a patent first, any patent lawsuit against facebook will terminate your license? It's listing "(i), (ii) or (iii)", not "(i), (ii) and (iii)".




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