In an effort to promote interoperability, IBM has announced plans to provide developers with broad, perpetual access to key patents that cover technologies in over 150 open standards. IBM's new patent pledge aims to encourage innovation, combat deficiencies inherent in the patent system, and make open standards more accessible to independent software developers.Related Stories
The lengthy list of standards covered by the pledge includes a broad assortment of XML-based technologies including XSL, XPath, and OpenDocument. Rather than offering individual royalty-free licenses, IBM's pledge constitutes a broad commitment not to assert its patents against infringing works that implement the standards included in IBM's list. The terms of the pledge insist only on reciprocation, stipulating that recipients must not sue any party for infringing patents required to implement the specified standards.
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