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Microsoft open-sources its patent portfolio

Accepted submission by DannyB at 2018-10-10 17:56:53 from the what's the catch dept.
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Microsoft open-sources its patent portfolio [zdnet.com]

By joining the Open Invention Network [openinventionnetwork.com], Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio -- with the legacy exception of its Windows and desktop application code -- to all of the open-source patent consortium's members.

Before Microsoft joined, OIN had more than 2,650 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. OIN is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and represents a core set of open-source intellectual-property values. Its members include Google, IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to anyone who joins the OIN community.

This is maybe the biggest Microsoft news since Microsoft "acquired" [linuxfoundation.org] The Linux Foundation nearly two years ago in Nov 2016.


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