Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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Really?
by Windows Sucks on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:01 UTC
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

Google has almost 20,000 patents and they are only willing to share 10?

Even super suer Microsoft did better with its patent pledge.

PR stunt. But Google lovers will fall for it. Of course if you step on any of the other 20,000 plus Google patents you are screwed! Lol.

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RE: Really?
by bowkota on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:14 in reply to "Really? "
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

Google has almost 20,000 patents and they are only willing to share 10?

Even super suer Microsoft did better with its patent pledge.

PR stunt. But Google lovers will fall for it. Of course if you step on any of the other 20,000 plus Google patents you are screwed! Lol.


They're trying it out.

I wouldn't call it a PR stunt but I don't think they mind any good press from it.

Regardless, it's an interesting experiment.

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v RE[2]: Really?
by WorknMan on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:54 in reply to "RE: Really? "
RE: Really?
by galvanash on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:56 in reply to "Really? "
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Google has almost 20,000 patents and they are only willing to share 10?


Google has actually filed for and received less than 300 patents... The other 19,700 or so were acquired through accusations since 2008 (17,000 of them from Motorolla).

Not that it matters here, just saying its not like they have been building up a war chest of them through filings...

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RE: Really?
by przemo_li on Fri 29th Mar 2013 07:34 in reply to "Really? "
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

IF you miltiply patents by POSSIBLE applications....

Than you get more of value from Google pledge!

Also they made it IMMORTAL.

Too many companies pledge some behaviour in regard to specific patents and then sell them to trolls with contracts that force such troll to even more agresive behaviour. (Case Study: Nokia..)

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RE: Really?
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Mar 2013 09:12 in reply to "Really? "
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

What part of "first" did you not understand?

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RE[2]: Really?
by Nelson on Fri 29th Mar 2013 16:25 in reply to "RE: Really? "
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I agree, this is splitting hairs. Google can have the promise cover 1 patent or 10,000 patents, they're Google's property.

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RE: Really?
by kovacm on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 06:53 in reply to "Really? "
kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

Google has almost 20,000 patents and they are only willing to share 10?

Even super suer Microsoft did better with its patent pledge.

PR stunt. But Google lovers will fall for it. Of course if you step on any of the other 20,000 plus Google patents you are screwed! Lol.


Amen.

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