Subject: Re: Is Big Blue turning Red? IBM opens SW patents
From: Ben Tilly <btilly@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 08:28:33 -0500

On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 23:12:08 -0500, Marshall W Van Alstyne
<marshall@mit.edu> wrote:
> The NYT has an interesting story on IBM opening 500 of its SW patents to anyone
> on open source projects as defined by the open source initiative.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/11/technology/11soft.html?oref=login

Last year IBM received over 6 times that number of patents:

http://www.itfacts.biz/index.php?id=P2370

Does anyone know what fraction of IBM's patents are on software?

> It's an especially interesting development in light of Gates' recent remarks
> comparing IP reformers to modern day communists.
> http://wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66209,00.html

Gates is nothing if not consistent - he's been touting the same
line since his open letter to hobbyists...

Cheers,
Ben