No Great Sacrifice For Google In Open-Source Patent Pledge

By Ryan Davis (March 29, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT) -- Google Inc.'s vow not to sue open-source developers unless provoked might be a nice sentiment — and good PR — but the search giant so rarely uses its patents against noncompetitors that the pledge won't put a dent in the amount of patent litigation in the courts, attorneys say.

In its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge unveiled Thursday, Google identified 10 of its patents related to a computer model for processing large data sets and said that it would not sue open-source developers over them. It said the pledge would promote an open Internet that "protects real innovation and continues to deliver...

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