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Putting Pledged IP to work — Identifying IP available under the Open COVID Pledge

Today, the Open COVID Pledge launched a new feature highlighting some of the valuable intellectual property (IP) that organizations around the world have committed to the fight against Covid-19.  Pledged IP covers a broad range of equipment, software, network and device applications useful in healthcare, containment, tracking, diagnostics, emergency response and social distancing.  It includes 3D-printed respirators, touch screens that use ultraviolet light to prevent the spread of infection, a… Read More »Putting Pledged IP to work — Identifying IP available under the Open COVID Pledge

SAP Pledges Free use of its Patents in Support of the Fight Against COVID-19

SAP, a European multinational software company and a provider of one of the largest enterprise software solutions in the world, today announced it is joining the Open COVID Pledge by committing its patents worldwide to solving the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization holds thousands of patents worldwide, all of which may be used royalty-free under the terms of the OCL-P v1.1 license. This license enables entrepreneurs, established businesses, health care organizations and others to… Read More »SAP Pledges Free use of its Patents in Support of the Fight Against COVID-19

WHO Recognizes the Open COVID Pledge as a Means to Advance Research and Science in the Fight Against COVID-19

Today, under the leadership of the World Health Organization, more than three dozen member countries and other organizations announced their support of the WHO’s Solidarity Call to Action. We are pleased that within this statement of principles, the Open COVID Pledge is featured as a mechanism that allows holders of valuable COVID intellectual property to meet the WHO’s call to action by immediately and freely making IP available to anyone… Read More »WHO Recognizes the Open COVID Pledge as a Means to Advance Research and Science in the Fight Against COVID-19

Seagate Technology takes the Open COVID Pledge

Giant data storage and management company Seagate Technology has taken the Open COVID Pledge, adopting the OCL-P v1.1 license for all of its patented technologies to help diagnose, prevent, contain, and treat COVID-19. Seagate’s CEO Dr. Dave Mosley says, “Seagate’s mission is to maximize the potential of humanity. Never has that been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaboration is going to be key in the efforts to fight… Read More »Seagate Technology takes the Open COVID Pledge

Top Patent Holders Make Open COVID Pledge

According to statistics recently released by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), companies making the Open COVID Pledge were among the top acquirers of U.S. patents last year.  IBM, the #1 patent holder, was issued nearly 9,500 patents in 2019.  Open COVID Pledge makers Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, AT&T, Facebook, Fujitsu and HP Enterprise also place prominently on the list. We congratulate these firms for their commitment to putting their substantial intellectual… Read More »Top Patent Holders Make Open COVID Pledge

The Open COVID movement goes global

The Open COVID Pledge Coalition recognizes and salutes efforts from around the world complementary to our own that also encourage the free sharing of patents and copyrights in an effort to diagnose, prevent, contain and treat COVID-19. Some of these efforts do not identify or license intellectual property directly but instead include calls to action and the adoption of statements of commitment to supporting COVID-19 work. In every case, the… Read More »The Open COVID movement goes global

Tech Access Partnership, a new UN initiative to strengthen developing countries’ responses to COVID-19

The Open COVID Pledge unites technology developers and manufacturers in sharing intellectual property to fight COVID-19. Our Pledgors collectively hold over 100k patents covering important innovations including crisis-critical technologies such as PPE, ventilators, and swabs. Our goal is that pledged IP is put to use to save lives and limit the impact of the global pandemic. However, we are aware that many manufacturers who could deploy pledged technologies and benefit… Read More »Tech Access Partnership, a new UN initiative to strengthen developing countries’ responses to COVID-19

Fujitsu makes the Open COVID Pledge and frees its IP to end the pandemic

The Open COVID Coalition is pleased to announce that Fujitsu Limited has made the Open COVID Pledge, freeing its intellectual property to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Fujitsu, one of the world’s leading technology companies, holds approximately 40,000 issued and pending patents, utility models, and design patents related to the development of new drugs and patient care. Fujitsu has also endorsed and declared its involvement with the Open COVID-19 Declaration, a… Read More »Fujitsu makes the Open COVID Pledge and frees its IP to end the pandemic

AT&T commits its patents to the world via the Open COVID Pledge

AT&T has joined the Open COVID Pledge, making its patents available to the public under the terms of our OCL-P 1.1 license for the purposes of facilitating innovations that might help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the post by Scott Mair, AT&T’s President of Technology & Operations, for more details. With the Open COVID Pledge, we’re also committing our patents to the world, doing what we can… Read More »AT&T commits its patents to the world via the Open COVID Pledge

NASA JPL supports the Open COVID Pledge + makes respirator designs freely available

We’re happy to count NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a supporter of the Open COVID Pledge. Additionally, we’re excited to see that JPL has released the designs for three different types of respirators on Github under the permissive Apache License 2.0, making these resources available to anyone to use. These designs, instructions, STL files, and JPL’s initial test data are released to Open Source with the hope that companies and individuals… Read More »NASA JPL supports the Open COVID Pledge + makes respirator designs freely available