CA Supports IBM's Open Source Patent Pledge as Companies Announce Long-Term Licensing Agreement

Sep 07, 2005, 01:00 ET from Computer Associates International, Inc.

    ISLANDIA, N.Y., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Computer Associates
 International, Inc. (NYSE:   CA) today pledged open access to key innovations
 covered by 14 of its U.S. patents -- and counterparts of these patents issued
 in other countries -- for individuals and groups working on open source
 software.  CA also announced it has reached a long-term, patent cross license
 agreement with IBM, creating an exchange of license rights and releases
 between the companies.
     In making its patent pledge to the open source community, CA is joining
 IBM in encouraging other companies to create an industry-wide "patent commons"
 in which patents are pledged royalty-free to further innovation in areas of
 broad interest to developers and users of information technology.  IBM made a
 similar pledge earlier this year.
     "CA is committed to make appropriate types of intellectual property
 available to open source developers and customers free of any royalties or
 licensing fees so that innovation and high-value development can flourish,"
 said Mark Barrenechea, executive vice president of technology strategy and
 chief technology architect at CA.  "We have a strong commitment to promoting
 innovation through open source and open standards, and we will continue to
 strengthen our position as the leading provider of management and security
 solutions in this market segment."
     "Everyone benefits when innovation is fostered through collaboration and
 the open exchange of technological advances," said Jim Stallings, IBM's vice
 president of Intellectual Property and Standards.  "We are gratified to see CA
 respond so enthusiastically to IBM's call for owners of intellectual property
 to accelerate interoperability and the adoption of open source software."
     The patents covered by CA's non-assertion pledge address a wide variety of
 technology challenges and can be used in a full range of open source projects.
 They include:
     - Application development and modeling that automates translation between
       programming languages and provides visual modeling and editing of data
       objects to create more powerful, flexible programming tools.
     - Business Intelligence and analytics that simplify visualization of
       complex multi-dimensional data techniques with neural networking
       technology and efficient management of the aggregation and population of
       data marts.
     - Systems management and storage management solutions that provide
       intelligent process controls to maximize system performance and storage
     - Network management and security tools that enhance visualization of
       network traffic patterns and congestion, selectively capture and filter
       network traffic, and provide granular session control capabilities.
     Open source software is based on collaborative innovation among developers
 around the world.  CA has been a leading supporter of the open source
 community -- embracing Linux early on as a platform for enterprise management
 and software development, and releasing the popular Ingres database as an open
 source solution.  A complete list of applicable patents is available at  To qualify for this CA program, licenses of
 solutions using specified CA intellectual property must be certified by
     Easing Customer Access to Intellectual Property
     The IBM and CA cross license agreement will make it easier for customers
 to access and leverage intellectual property from IBM and CA to achieve their
 business goals.
     "This agreement launches a new relationship between CA and IBM, allowing
 for innovation while preserving customer choice," said Barrenechea.  "It will
 stimulate the development of new solutions and enable the flexible combination
 of products from both companies in an on-demand environment."
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 largest management software companies, delivers software and services across
 operations, security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize
 the performance, reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments.
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