Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Microsoft Just Did Something Big With 60,000 Patents

Report: Microsoft making patents royalty-free for Android OEMs Microsoft just open-sourced 60,000 of its patents
Emmett Howard | 11 October, 2018, 23:02

Through its participation in OIN, Microsoft is explicitly acknowledging the importance of open source software to its future growth.

Following yesterday's rather landmark move of Microsoft joining the Open Invention Network and thus allowing much of its vast patent collection now being allowed to help off patent attacks within the Linux/open-source ecosystem, the Free Software Foundation applauded the move but wants Microsoft to do more.

'Joining OIN reflects Microsoft's patent practice evolving in lock-step with the company's views on Linux and open source more generally. OIN CEO Keith Bergelt said it covers "everything related to older open-source technologies such as Android, the Linux kernel, and OpenStack; newer technologies such as LF Energy and HyperLedger, and their predecessor and successor versions".

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Why it matters: There's been plenty of friction between Microsoft and the open source advocates regarding patents over the years. Member companies also promise not to assert their patents against the Linux Community.

Make a clear, unambiguous statement that it has ceased all patent infringement claims on the use of Linux in Android.

OIN supplies a license platform for Linux for around 2,400 companies - from individual developers to huge companies like Google and IBM - and all members get access to both OIN-owned patents and cross-licenses between other OIN licensees, royalty-free. "For others who have followed our evolution as a company, we hope this will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to its customers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs". Back in 2013, Samsung reportedly paid Microsoft $1 billion in patent-licensing over its use of Android.

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