Computer Associates may raise its patent shields

Computer Associates may raise its patent shields

Summary: As I write this blog, Computer Associates CEO John Swainson is giving the afternoon keynote speech at LinuxWorld in Boston. According to a source who was present at a Computer Associates' breakfast this morning, CA is almost definitely going to follow suit with IBM in not only making its patents available for royalty-free deployment in open source software, but also in using its patents to defend the open source community from law suits.

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As I write this blog, Computer Associates CEO John Swainson is giving the afternoon keynote speech at LinuxWorld in Boston. According to a source who was present at a Computer Associates' breakfast this morning, CA is almost definitely going to follow suit with IBM in not only making its patents available for royalty-free deployment in open source software, but also in using its patents to defend the open source community from law suits. Nothing has been announced, nor have any specific patents been identified. But, given the emphasis on what IBM did in releasing 500 patents to any software being developed under an Open Source Initiative-approved license (versus what Sun did with 1600 patents for developers under the OSI-approved Sun-authored CDDL open source license), it appears as though CA is poised to go the "any OSI-approved license" route. If CA takes the IBM route, the pressure on Sun to reconsider its CDDL-only position could intensify.

Topic: Patents

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  • Movement?

    [i]You know, if one person, just one company does it they may think they're really sick.

    And if two companies, two companies do it, in harmony, they may think they're both communists.

    And three companies do it, three, can you imagine, three companies stepping up and making their patents available for open source software. They may think it's an organization.

    And can you, can you imagine fifty companies a day, I said fifty companies a day stepping up and making their patents available for open source software. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.[/i]

    Paraphrasing from the Book of Arlo
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Re: Patents

    I wonder how much life and value was left in those patents donated. I am sure they were not the crown jewels. In my experience most of the time, people donate stuff that is in rough shape.
    osreinstall