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[ NNSquad ] More patents in the service of open source

More patents in the service of open source

http://j.mp/1cOUJ4S  (Google Open Source Blog)

   "In March, we announced an Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN)
    Pledge-committing not to sue any user, distributor or developer of
    open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Our
    goal was to encourage pro-competitive, defensive uses of patents to
    support open-source innovation.  Today we are pleased to pledge an
    additional 79 patents under the OPN. These patents cover software used
    to efficiently operate data centers, including middleware, distributed
    storage management, distributed database management, and alarm
    monitoring.  We acquired these patents from IBM and CA Technologies,
    companies that in 2005 were among the first to make open-source patent
    pledges. The goal of the patent system is to foster innovation, and we
    aim to use patents, whether acquired or developed internally, in
    support of that goal.  You can learn more about this second group of
    patents and the Pledge itself on our site, which we've also updated to
    make it easier to browse and download data on pledged patents."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
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Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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