Google adds 79 data center software patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge

Google adds 79 data center software patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion PledgeIn a Thursday blog post, Google's senior patent counsel Duane Valz said that the company has added 79 data center software patents to its March-announced Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge, under which the company has promised not to initiate any legal action - unless the company is sued first - against any user, distributor or developer of open-source software.

According to Valz, the 79 patents which Google has added to its no-sue pledge largely pertain to software used for operating data centers, including middleware, distributed storage and database management, as well as alarm monitoring.

The 79 new patents added by Google to its OPN Pledge were acquired by the company from IBM and CA Technologies.

When Google had announced its OPN Pledge in March this year, the company only had 10 patents on its list of specific patents covered under the pledge. The 10 specific patents covered the MapReduce computing model for processing large data sets developed at Google.

While announcing its OPN Pledge, Google had said that the no-sue pledge will essentially "encourage pro-competitive, defensive uses of patents to support open-source innovation;" and had also added alongside: "We hope the OPN Pledge will serve as a model for the industry, and we're encouraging other patent holders to adopt the pledge or a similar initiative."

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