Google engages with operating companies of all sizes from similar industries in which
we operate. If you have an interest in discussing a cross license with Google:
The LOT Agreement is an industry-led networked, royalty-free patent cross licensing
agreement for transferred patents launched by industry participants, including Canon,
Dropbox, Google and SAP with contributions by many others. Under the LOT Agreement,
every company that participates grants a license to the other participants where the
license becomes effective only when patents are transferred to non-participants.
Transfers as part of certain spin outs or a Change of Control to a Non-Assertion
Entity are carved out. This program protects LOT participants from patent attacks
brought by non-participants (e.g., a patent assertion entity) to which the patent is
sold, while preserving each participant's full use of its retained portfolio.
Google Patent Opportunity Submission
To access the Google Patent Opportunity Submission portal (including patent
Google divests assets to operating companies for defensive purposes. For a list of
portfolios that are available:
Google - Red Hat Patent Transaction
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Open Patent Non-Assert (OPN) Pledge
The OPN Pledge allows patent holders to let free or open source software projects
freely use patents they own. Holders identify specific patents that they will not use
to bring a lawsuit or other legal proceeding against this type of software unless
first attacked, and such non-assertion promises remain in force even if the pledged
patents are sold or transferred. The OPN Pledge was created for Google and others to
reduce patent aggression in a context where it simply does not belong.
VP8 Patent Cross-License
VP8 is an open video compression format. By executing the VP8 cross-license
agreement, any company, organization or individual can benefit from royalty-free
rights that Google obtained from twelve key technology companies on behalf of all
cross-license participants. Cross-license participants additionally obtain a license
to VP8 essential patents of all other cross-licensees.