The consortium will pool patents and standardise entry to blockchain applied sciences to enhance innovation
The US-based agency that offers with cell funds and different monetary companies revealed the consortium would assist fight patent trolling. It may even guarantee open and democratised entry to applied sciences within the blockchain and crypto area.
This consortium can be referred to as the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA). According to Square, “open access to patents covering foundational cryptocurrency technologies is necessary for the community to grow, freely innovate, and build new and better products”.
Square’s chief govt, Jack Dorsey, who can be Twitter’s co-founder and CEO, introduced the launch through a tweet yesterday:
“Square is putting all of our crypto patents into a new non-profit org we’re calling the Crypto Open Patent Alliance, which will maintain a shared patent library to help the crypto community defend against patent aggressors and trolls. Join us! #bitcoin.”
Square also explained the ins and outs of COPA in a collection of tweets as nicely.
The collaborating members will collectively determine to place collectively crypto and blockchain patents into the consortium’s library. This will present open entry to those applied sciences constructed by the contributing corporations.
A part of the alliance web site explains that, “Cryptocurrency technology and its adoption is still at a nascent stage. We believe that cryptocurrency’s success depends on the community coming together to build and develop upon existing technologies to innovate, which is not possible when parties tie up foundational technology in patents and litigation”.
The alliance goals to alter present views of patents and the way they’re employed within the crypto sector. COPA may even push the agenda of patents getting used to advance innovation relatively than hamper it.
Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group filed for 470 patents final 12 months and reportedly holds probably the most (2,344) blockchain patents as of April. Chinese multinational expertise conglomerate Tencent filed for 718 patents in 2019.
It is attention-grabbing to notice that comparable efforts to construct a joint defend in opposition to patent instigators have additionally been made within the leisure business. Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin constructed a software that may create nearly each melody.
The pair shared their work to the general public below Creative Commons Zero license to guard musicians from being sued for copying songs they don’t bear in mind listening to.