The Open Source Development Labs, a group dedicated to promoting Linux, announced a new initiative called Patent Commons, to collect the software licenses and patents pledged to the open source community into a central repository to make them easier to access by developers, and encourage more patent holders to pledge their intellectual property to the cause.
The move will increase the utility of the growing number of patent pledges and promises in the past year by providing a central location for open-source software developers, OSDL said yesterday. It will also reduce the threat of patent-related lawsuits, the group said.
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