Initially populated with IBM's 500 pledged software patents, PatentCafe announced the opening of its Open Source Software (OSS) Patent Search Engine devoted entirely to worldwide search access of OSS patents. Now, through PatentCafe's new OSS Patent Search Engine ( software developers can search this important collection of OSS patents, and find the patents most related to their software projects.

On January 11, 2005, IBM pledged open access to key innovations covered by 500 IBM software patents to people and groups working on open source software that meet the Open Source Initiative. This means that qualifying software developers can now develop their OSS software without fear of IBM asserting these patents against them.

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