Target: Google and its employees
Goal: Praise Google for making an open patent pledge and for proposing several new patent licensing models
It’s a sad fact that in today’s technology-driven world, many companies are more concerned with getting rich over fostering innovation. Such companies often resort to underhanded tactics such as patent trolling (in which they sue other companies on bogus copyright charges, forcing the target company to pay them a settlement in order to avoid massive legal fees). To help combat such practices and instead promote more innovation that in turn helps create more jobs, Google has made its own open patent pledge and has even gone one step further, proposing several new patent licensing models.
Google’s patent pledge currently contains ten patents that are now free to be utilized by open software companies. While these ten patents only represent a small fraction of Google’s entire patent portfolio, Google has expressed interest in expanding the number of patents included in the pledge and has even encouraged other major online companies to follow suit (companies such as Twitter and Red Hat actually made their own patent pledges before Google).
In addition to its patent pledge, Google has also introduced four new proposals for patent licensing. These proposals are meant to encourage innovation as opposed to stifling it by fostering defensive portfolio practices that would both protect the patent’s original owner but also give creative freedoms to companies who wish to utilize the patent:
- A License on Transfer Agreement, under which participants agree that when a patent is transferred it automatically becomes licensed to the other participating companies (so participants are protected from future attacks if the patent is later sold to a patent troll).
- A ‘Sticky’ (or irrevocable) Defensive Patent License
- A ‘Non Sticky’ (revocable) Defensive Patent License
- A Field-of-Use Cross License which provides a royalty-free, patent cross license for a particular field of use.
While Google’s pledge and proposals won’t solve all of the patent system’s problems, they will go a long way in helping to combat patent troll companies and fostering a more innovative patent community. Help thank Google for its efforts by signing this petition letter.
Dear Google Employees,
The fight against patent trolling is a hard and seemingly never-ending one, but with big companies such as you in our corner, the future of innovation grows brighter every day. I hope that more big online companies look to your efforts and the efforts of other such companies like Twitter and Red Hat as inspiration if and when they decide to enter the fight against patent trolling. I know the despicable practices of patent trolling companies won’t go away in a day, but it’s encouraging to know that your efforts towards fighting these companies are as ironclad as your commitment to innovation and job creation.
By signing this petition letter, I am personally voicing my support and my praise towards your company and your employees. Not only are you working hard to make sure your patents are both protected and also open for free use, you’ve also introduced four new ways through which patent licensing for all companies can enjoy the same benefits.
[Your Name Here]