Patent Tools Commons

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Patent tools commons = a set of licensing tools being developed by Creative Commons.

Description

"CC has set up two new patent tools to help hardware creators who use patents to navigate through the maze in order to open their designs in a safe way. The Creative Commons site describes the tools as follows:

  • a Research Non-Assertion Pledge, to be used by patent owners who wish to promote basic research by committing not to enforce patents against users engaged in basic non-profit research
  • a Model Patent License, to be used by patent owners who wish to make a public offer to license their patents on standard terms"

(http://lwn.net/Articles/407598/)