Seven US universities and four suppliers have agreed common standards for developing open source software.
The universities and IT companies drafted the standards to protect open source software projects from third parties seeking to enforce patents.
The four suppliers are Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel. The seven universities are California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Illinois, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stanford and Texas.
IBM’s senior vice-president of technology and Intellectual property, John Kelly, said, “Open source software and standards developed among universities, government and the IT industry form the basis for genuine collaborative innovation. This collaboration will lead to greater commercialisation throughout the IT industry.
“Because of that, it is imperative that these principles guide our efforts to collectively improve current intellectual property practices.”
The chair of the department of computer sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Strother Moore, said, “Open collaboration resonates with our primary mission to society: education and the creation and dissemination of knowledge.”