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New York Times: IBM to Give Free Access to 500 Patents

Jan 11, 2005, 13:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I.B.M. plans to announce today that it is making 500 of its software patents freely available to anyone working on open-source projects, like the popular Linux operating system, on which programmers collaborate and share code.

"The new model for I.B.M., analysts say, represents a shift away from the traditional corporate approach to protecting ownership of ideas through patents, copyrights, trademark and trade-secret laws..."

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