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See... and no specific written deals needed!...
I believe its the equivalent of the BSD license for patents, as long as they end up in a certified standard... great.
IBM pledges free access to patents for standards
Posted Jul 11, 2007 16:04 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In fact, while this is nice, it's not actually very useful, because IBM was never likely to sue free software hackers over XML anyway, and they still have a vast collection to sue anyone else they like over. Meanwhile the patent trolls (whether the purchase-and-patent, invent-and-patent or repatent-the-bleeding-obvious varieties) will just keep on going, unaffected, and invulnerable to patent countersuits to boot.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 16:13 UTC (Wed) by sbergman27 (guest, #10767)
Well, you never know. Corporations have a way of changing strategies the way most of us change underwear. (Most of us can change underwear with fewer press releases and less market-speak, though.)
It *is* nice to have this publicly available covenant on record.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 17:01 UTC (Wed) by riel (subscriber, #3142)
Want to implement ODF? IBM will not sue you over your software
implementing ODF, even if they happen to have a patent under some
underlying technology (not saying they have, but who knows).
Want to sue somebody else over their ODF implementation? Your IBM patent
license automatically expires. Sue at your own peril.
At least, that is how I understood it :)
Posted Jul 12, 2007 3:05 UTC (Thu) by sitaram (subscriber, #5959)
Posted Jul 12, 2007 10:27 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
It still won't keep off the pure patent trolls though: they don't produce
anything but patents so can't be in violation of anything...
Posted Jul 14, 2007 3:50 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
Just about any time someone targets "suing" as the thing that must be stopped, he doesn't know what he's doing, because the lawsuit isn't the problem. It's the liability/property right that's the problem.
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