Computer Associates announced the donation of 14 patents to the community open source, on the same day that it disclosed a cross-licensing agreement with IBM. Patents, which will be made available free of royalties, refer to a set of tools for application development and modulation, business intelligence and analysis, systems management and data storage, as well as security and network management tools.
With regard to the long-term agreement signed with IBM, this provides for an amendment to the license rights between the two companies, with the aim of facilitating customers’ access to free intellectual property.
Intellectual property donations are not new to CA, which last year opened the code for some of its development tools to automate translation between different programming languages, visualization techniques for data analysis and tools to maximize performance data storage and network management.
CA, which has 280 patents registered in the United States, explains the initiative as an incentive to create a common patent heritage, available to the entire industry, that works as a tool to create innovation in areas of high interest to programmers and users of TI, says a statement.
The assignment of intellectual property by CA comes just a few months after a similar move by IBM that opened access to 500 of its patents earlier this year.
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