Google’s Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: Don’t start nothin’, there won’t be nothin’


Google today announced that it won’t actively sue any users, developers, or other companies using code with  Google’s patents “unless first attacked.” In other words, Google doesn’t want any trouble but will pursue litigation if need be.

Today, we’re taking another step towards that goal by announcing the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge: we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked.

A blog post reminds us that Google is committed to “to an open Internet—one that protects real innovation and continues to deliver great products and services.” What’s more, Google is doing their part to help improve “patent quality and reduce excessive litigation” and hopes that others will pick up the cause. It will be interesting to see how, or if, all of this impacts the Android space.