The Commons

Discover the companies who make The Commons possible.
Find pledges, promises, convenants, and other legal undertakings.
Locate patents pledged in support of open source software.
Standards & Technology
View standards and technology supported by Commitments.
Other Legal Solutions
Review other legal solutions that protect users and developers of open source software and standards.

The Project

The Patent Commons Project is dedicated to documenting the boundaries of The Commons -- a preserve where developers and users of software can innovate, collaborate, and access patent resources in an environment of enhanced safety, protected by pledges of support made by holders of software patents.

Our Library is a central, neutral forum where patent pledges and other commitments can be readily accessed and easily understood.

Visit our Library, learn about the resources offered by The Commons, and contribute to the growth and acceptance of open source software and technologies. You can also view a timeline of major Patent Commons events.

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