Computer Associates [CA] plans to submit a portion of its patent portfolio to open-source developers, following moves by other technology companies delving into open source.
The Islandia, N.Y., company also intends to use its patents to defend against legal action directed at open-source products, according to a company representative. The timing of the patent donation and the terms governing use are still being worked out, the representative said.
CA CEO, John Swainson : "Open Source is a tool. As a commercial software company, I look at this as one of the tools that I have available to help establish a standard. So I can build products on it, above it, below it, beside it. But it's just a tool, and it's not always the right tool."