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.
- 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
- 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
http://ca.com/patents/oss/. 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
"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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Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), one of the world's
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.
Founded in 1976, CA is headquartered in Islandia, N.Y., and serves customers
in more than 140 countries. For more information, please visit http://ca.com.
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