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CA delivers on open source patent pledge

by CBR Staff Writer| 07 September 2005

Computer Associates International Inc has delivered on its promise to pledge access to a number of its patents to the open source community, and also announced that it has entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement with IBM Corp.

The Islandia, New York-based systems management vendor has pledged access to 14 of its patents to individuals and groups working on open source software, covering application development, business intelligence, systems and storage management, and network management and security.

CA is committed to make appropriate types of intellectual property available to open source developers and customers free of any royalties or licensing fees so that innovation and high-value development can flourish, said Mark Barrenechea, executive vice president of technology strategy, and chief technology architect at CA.

CA's development architect and European open source lead, Marcel den Hartog, confirmed to ComputerWire back in March that CA was working towards a patent pledge, and that the company's chief executive, John Swainson, and CTO, Yogesh Gupta, were working through the details.

The pledge is small in number compared to the 500 patents IBM pledged to the open source community in January, but sees CA adding its list to a growing number of vendors calling for a patent commons to further innovation with open source software.

Alongside IBM and CA, Nokia Corp, Sun Microsystems Inc, and Novell Inc have also announced open source-related patent pledges, while Red Hat Inc and the Open Source Development Lab have announced plans to deliver on the idea of a patent commons.

CA's pledge covers a variety of technology uses including translation between programming languages and visual modeling and editing of data objects in the application development space, as well as simplified visualization of complex multi-dimensional data techniques in the business intelligence area. Other areas covered include intelligent process controls for systems performance and storage utilization, and the enhanced visualization of network traffic patterns for granular session control and filtering network traffic.

The deal with IBM, meanwhile, sees the two companies exchanging license rights and releases, and is designed to stimulate the development of new products while ensuring the integration of technologies from both companies.

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