Linux Defenders to guard against software patents
A consortium of technology companies, including IBM (IBM), will today launch a new initiative designed to help shield the open source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents and seeking payment for alleged infringements by open-source software products, reports Fortune.
The new programme, called Linux Defenders (site not live as of writing), will include a call to open source developers all over the world all over the world to submit their software inventions to Linux Defenders so that the group’s attorneys and engineers can help shape, structure, and document the invention in the form of a “defensive publication”.
“The idea is to create a defensive patent shield or no-fly zone around Linux,” says Keith Bergelt, the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network, the consortium launching the site. The core members of that group, formed in 2005, are IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.