IBM has had a long standing commitment to open standards for software interoperability. Broad implementation of these software interoperability standards and specifications can dramatically improve customers' ability to communicate data within and between their enterprises. IBM participates in many working groups at various standards organizations and frequently provides royalty-free commitments to its necessary patent claims in accordance with the IP Policies of those organizations.
IBM is extending this leadership role to further the adoption of open specifications for software interoperability and to simplify implementation of those specifications by open source software organizations. Toward that end, IBM is offering a patent non-assert pledge to include the software specifications identified in the following list. IBM intends this pledge to include specifications for software interoperability for which it has made a royalty-free patent licensing commitment. No action is required by users of these specifications to invoke this non-assert commitment.
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