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Google Makes Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge
It’s starting with 10 patents all relating to MapReduce, the computing model for processing large data sets
By: Maureen O'Gara
Apr. 2, 2013 02:45 AM
Google has made an Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open source software over specified patents unless it's sued first.
It's starting with 10 patents all relating to MapReduce, the computing model for processing large data sets originally developed by Google and now widely used in open source versions.
It means to add other technologies in time.
Google's senior patent counsel Duane Valz blogged that "Our pledge builds on past efforts by companies like IBM and Red Hat and the work of the Open Invention Network (of which Google is a member). It also complements our efforts on cooperative licensing, where we're working with like-minded companies to develop patent agreements that would cut down on lawsuits. And, in addition to these industry-driven initiatives, we continue to support patent reforms that would improve patent quality and reduce excessive litigation."
Offering the company's rationale, Valz said, "At Google we believe that open systems win. Open source software has been at the root of many innovations in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the Internet generally. And while open platforms have faced growing patent attacks, requiring companies to defensively acquire ever more patents, we remain committed to an open Internet - one that protects real innovation and continues to deliver great products and services....Google hopes that the OPN Pledge will serve as a model for the industry, and is encouraging other patent holders to adopt the pledge or a similar initiative. We believe it has a number of advantages:
The pledged patents are:
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