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OSDL launches Open Source Patent Commons library

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The Open Source Development Labs is to officially launch its Patent Commons Project web site, providing a single source of information on patents pledged to the open source community.

Plans for the Patent Commons were revealed in August as the non-profit Linux and open source advocacy group vowed to make it easier for developers and the open source industry to identify patents that have been pledged to the open source community.

The new site,, is a searchable database of more than 500 patents that have been pledged to date from vendors including IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Computer Associates, and Novell.

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