Google gifts 79 more patents to open source community

Posted on Monday, Aug 12 2013 @ 16:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Google announced it has given the open source community 79 more patents to help defend against patent trolls. Full details at The Inquirer.
Under the headline "More patents in the service of open source" the firm spelled out its intentions and its continued campaign against patent claims that slow down and harm innovation.

"Open-source software has accelerated the pace of innovation in computing, leading to better products and services at lower cost. But as the impact of open source software has grown, so too has the number of patent attacks against it," said Duane Valz, senior patent counsel at Google.

"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."

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