IBM Sets the Example

IBM is once again trying to set a precedent by releasing 500 patents to the open source community. IBM has been touting open source and standardization for quite a while now. This move helps put their money — err, patents — where their mouth is. To help protect from the released patents, IBM actually stated that they will not assert their patents against people who use them within open source software.

IBM is hoping other companies will release additional patents and intellectual property to the open source community as well. The long-term hope is that it will lead to better innovation by allowing people to collaborate more on the open source patents.

The patents released fall into a number of different categories including the following:

  • Interfacing
  • Storage Management
  • Multi-Processing
  • Data Processing Programming
  • Human Interfacing
  • Database and Data Handling
  • Image Processing and Video Technology
  • Human Language Processing
  • Compression, Encryption, and Access Control
  • Software Development & Object Technology
  • Internet, eCommerce, and Industry Specific
  • Networking and Network Management

For the complete list of the patents, you can go to:
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/licensing/patents/pledgedpatents.pdf

# # #



About the Author

Bradley L. Jones

bjones@jupitermedia.com

Comments

  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • Microsoft® Office 365 is a top choice for enterprises that want a cloud–based suite of productivity collaboration applications. With Office 365, you get access to Microsoft™ Office solutions practically anytime, anywhere, on virtually any device. It's a great option for current Microsoft users who can now build on their experience with Microsoft™ solutions while enjoying the flexibility of a cloud-based delivery. But even organizations with no previous investment in Microsoft will find that …

  • The open source cloud computing project OpenStack has come a long way since NASA and Rackspace launched it in 2010. Backed by leading technology infrastructure providers including Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, and VMware, OpenStack underpins significant workloads at an increasingly diverse set of organizations, including BWM, CERN, Comcast, eBay, and Wal-Mart. For CIOs engaged in broader programs to win, serve, and retain customers -- and refocus business technology (BT) spend -- a planned and pragmatic …

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

RSS Feeds

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date