Left this note on Telegram but leaving it here as well:
Muneeb, [Apr 3, 2020 at 1:00:48 PM]:
The main issue here is that the Blockstack ecosystem should not be in a situation where a large company say IBM just as an example, patents a technology similar to PoX, stacking, storage, whatever and then makes life difficult for the Blockstack ecosystem. Inventing something has little protection these days given the switch of patents from “first to invent” to “first to file”. Only large companies with unlimited budgets for patents win in this world of “first to file”.
Our general strategy, as mentioned on my forum post about patents, is to use some of PBC resources to help “future proof” the Blockstack ecosystem from patent trolls – at least for some of the more critical inventions. We also don’t have unlimited capital to spend on this
RE any merger/acquisition, first of all Blockstack PBC has no such plans for the foreseeable future, but the general model here is that for the Blockstack ecosystem to be successful, we need to reach a state where this is a non-issue. Meaning the ecosystem is not dependent on Blockstack PBC the company but the ecosystem is a decentralized, self-sufficient, open-source ecosystem. The code is open-source, independent miners operate the Stacks 2.0 blockchain, there are other independent entities (like Foundation and potentially others) in place, open-source contributors help maintain software (not just PBC engineers), there are independent app developers, and so on. We’re actively making progress towards such increased decentralization and plan to post more updates in Q2.
There are examples of this e.g., Bitcoin and Ethereum, these can continue to function regardless of any single company (even large players like Coinbase or Consensys are not necessary for operations of Bitcoin or Ethereum).
Definitely great topics of discussion for a townhall or AMA!