Eco-Patent Commons news

There’s news today from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development that Ricoh and Taisei have joined the Eco-Patent Commons and Dupont has contributed more patents. From the release: Eco-Patent Commons, launched by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in partnership with the WBCSD, was founded on the commitment that…

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Everyone’s talking: standards reform

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to standards, only being involved for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve never before seen the amount of attention that is being brought to the idea of standards reform by so many groups of people at various levels of organization. Rather than…

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Andy Updegrove’s “10 Standards Recommendations for the Obama Administration”

Andy Updegrove has published his “10 Standards Recommendations for the Obama Administration.” In my opinion, this is a timely must read for those concerned with both standards reform as well as a modern application of standards to IT policy. Comments to Andy.

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CNet: “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”

[edited, less musical] See Martin Lamonica’s CNet article “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”. Compare with the 2006 statement from the Software Freedom Law Center’ regarding ODF, the Open Document Format, an ISO standard: On the factual basis described, and subject to reservations, it is our opinion…

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The Peer-to-Patent: Community Patent Review project

If you’ve followed the things I’ve discussed over the last three years in this blog, you’ll note that while I’ve talked about open source and standards, I’ve also discussed patent pledges and some of the things that IBM has done to improve patent quality. This entry has some information about…

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Google becomes an OIN licensee to spur innovation, protect Linux

Per the press release: San Francisco (August 7, 2007) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of…

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Interoperability Specifications Pledge

This morning IBM announced a broad patent pledge that covers over 150 of the core software interoperability standards. These standards had all been previously given royalty free licenses, but from a variety of sources at a variety of times. This action simplifies and makes more consistent the intellectual property situation…

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Microsoft vs. Novell

No wonder people were confused. See “Open Letter to the Community from Novell” and “Microsoft Statement on Novell Agreement”. Update: Here are a few more links: ZDNet blog: “This Microsoft-Novell partnership’s not all it’s cracked up to be” You know a partnership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when…

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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “The simple question”

I gave a keynote talk last Friday at the University of Texas School of Law conference on the “Frontiers of Intellectual Property.” There was a bit of confusion about whether I could project some slides and, as it turned out, I could not. So I just talked for about 30…

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New IBM patent policy II

Yesterday I promised to post more about IBM’s new corporate patent policy. Let’s start with the broadcast links: IBM’s Dave Kappos talks on National Public Radio Discussion on CNN American Morning: Minding Your Business and here are some online print links: The press release: “IBM Establishes Worldwide Patent Policy to…

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Breaking news: IBM, Nokia, and others join in patent pledge to accelerate OSGi adoption

This press release is just out: “Leading Tech Companies Unite to Boost OSGi Technology with Royalty-Free Patent Pledge; Plan Will Encourage Use of Open, Dynamic Software Components in Computers and Devices That Use Java“. Here’s an excerpt: SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Five high-technology companies and the OSGi(TM) Alliance announced…

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A tale of two ways of handling patent infringements

First there was this: “Lawsuit forces users to update Microsoft Office”. Users of Microsoft’s Office and Access packages have been told they will have to install updates as a result of a patent infringement dispute between Microsoft and a Guatemalan inventor that has cost the software firm almost $9 million…

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BREAKING NEWS: New patent initiative to increase quality, certainty

There’s breaking news this morning about a new 3-part patent quality initiative that we’re spearheading with the US Patent Office and others. Per the press release, the three parts are: Open Patent Review – a program that seeks to establish an open, collaborative community review within the patenting process to…

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Media coverage of new IBM licensing program for venture-backed startups

As promised, here are some of the stories that are appearing about the new licensing initiative for venture-backed startups: CRN: “IBM Launches Licensing Program For 40,000 Patents” Linux Insider: “IBM Kicks Off New IP Licensing Program” ZDNet: “IBM woos start-ups” Red Herring“IBM Opens Patents to VCs”

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New IBM licensing program for venture-backed startups

Today IBM announced a new program to help make it easier for venture-backed startups to have access to our patent portfolio. The press release is here, but it is short and succinct enough for me to include in this entry. I’ll post a list of some of the stories appearing…

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Open Invention Network

Lots of news today about the new Open Invention Network. Here are a few of the stories and blog entries: Press Release: “Open Invention Network Formed to Promote Linux and Spur Innovation Globally Through Access to Key Patents; Investors Include IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony “ NEW YORK–(BUSINESS…

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BREAKING NEWS:
New IBM healthcare and education initiative driven by open standards

Today IBM is announcing a major initiative out of our healthcare and education practices that focuses on using open standards to drive growth, interoperability, and innovation. I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next days and weeks deconstructing what we are doing and why. Today I’m going…

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Another patent pledge, this time from Computer Associates

See “CA Supports IBM’s Open Source Patent Pledge as Companies Announce Long-Term Licensing Agreement”. From the introduction … ISLANDIA, N.Y., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA – News) today pledged open access to key innovations covered by 14 of its U.S. patents — and counterparts of…

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Talk at Green Party meeting

Yesterday morning I gave a short presentation in Brussels at the Green Party “Free Software and Software Patents” hearing. As it turns out, I did not project anything and just spoke from the points I had prepared. These are those comments, unedited and unexpanded. I think they are self-explanatory in…

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IBM Statement to OASIS Regarding Royalty-Free Licensing

Since the publication of the New York Times article yesterday, there’s been some follow-up on the web (for example, see Paul Festa’s CNET blog entry) and we’ve also seen some discussions starting as well (for example, see this Groklaw thread). I thought it would be useful to post exactly what…

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