Information Week featuring software patents on Oct. 18
But despite Sun's legal woes and anyone standing in the path of SCO's Darl McBride right now, patenting software is changing the landscape of innovation. As it becomes increasingly more difficult for any one company to control all the pieces it needs to bring innovative products to the market, technology vendors are seeking new ways to license their IP to other companies and integrate open standards into their software. Ultimately, faster technology transfers will mean that products and services will get to the market faster. And there are big bucks to be made in the development phase: IBM made about $1 billion in profit last year from licensing its IP.
On Oct. 18, we'll bring you more on the future of R&D, IP licensing, and other issues through discussions with some of the nation's top computer scientists and perspectives from industry visionaries. Stay tuned.