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By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-26 Print this article Print

Free patent pledges are easier for larger vendors to make than smaller companies, and IBMs leadership in patents (it has been at the head of the IT patent approval parade for over a decade) gives the company a lot of leeway for such efforts, said analyst Charles King of Pund-IT, in Hayward, Calif. "But the OSGi announcement isnt an IBM-only show; Nokia, Samsung, Gatespace and ProSyst all have some interesting IP to share," King said.
"What I really think is going on here is an effort to broaden access to the aims and benefits of OSGi by publicly opening access to IP that was previously available only to group members. One result: Smaller companies that work in areas related to OSGi Service Platform 4 should benefit by being able to access free IP from the big guys. Another result: the broader adoption of OSGi standards for Java development."
How this new incentive will be viewed and used really depends on the individual vendor and developer, King said. "Many vendors use IP as a carrot to encourage developers efforts, while others use it as a revenue generator," he said. "What makes this announcement interesting is the concept of vendors using IP as a lever to tip developers toward cost-effective OSGi methodologies." Founded in March 1999, the OSGi Alliance (formerly known as the Open Services Gateway initiative) in San Ramon, Calif., the organization serves as a clearinghouse for a collaborative ecosystem of service providers, developers, manufacturers and consumers. It has 34 member companies and about 300 user groups scattered around the world, an alliance spokesman said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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