Here’s an interesting story, via our friends at GigaOM: Google, in an effort to protect innovators experimenting with ‘cloud’ computing from nuisance patent lawsuits, has donated 79 of its patents to general use by others. As the article explains:
On Thursday, the company designated 79 more patents to be part of its “Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge,” which amounts to a non-aggression pact under which anyone can use the technology described in the patents—anyone, that is, who doesn’t use patents to attack Google first.
I find this a fascinating move on Google’s part. How many emerging technologies in recent years have been thwarted from realizing their full potential because the legal issues were so complex and entangled? I think Google is making the right move because innovation benefits everyone; if there wasn’t cool stuff you could do with tablets, would anybody want the Nexus?
Innovation benefits everyone. Good for Google for going the ‘non-evil’ route, at least on this one thing.