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45,000 Free Patents from IBM

IBM has 45,000 patents for open source vendors to use in the development of their projects.
More via The Connectologist: ‘…IBM officials said the move is an effort to spur interoperability between software systems, which could help hospitals and schools better integrate patient and student records. Interoperable standards have been stymied because developers can’t use technology based on patents held by companies invested in proprietary systems, said Sean C. Rush, general manager of the IBM Global Education Industry unit in Waltham…’