Open Source, IP and Patent Pledges:
Amanda Brock, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of Commrecial Law Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield, UK
This article considers the use of patent promises or pledges, as a device to counter what are often seen in the Open Source world as undesirable consequences of the operation of the patent system. They have become particularly topical in 2017, as the world’s first billion dollar Open Source company, Red Hat, extended it’s patent pledge further in September 2017.
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