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An Admirable Defense

March 31, 2013
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Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s transparency, Google recently announced that its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge as follows: “We pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked.” It began this initiative by identifying 10 of its patents, but did indicate a plan to expand this pool over time.

Google’s press release expressly refers to the growing number of patent attacks, and the increasing tendency of companies to stockpile patents defensively. We at IP Wise applaud Google’s response, and hope the effort catches momentum – both at Google and throughout the rest of the industry.

 

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