Sq., the U.S.-based monetary providers firm headed by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, is establishing a consortium to struggle patent trolling and guarantee open entry to know-how within the crypto sector.
The ‘Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance’ (COPA) seeks to democratize entry to progressive applied sciences within the crypto sector, asserting that “open entry to patents masking foundational cryptocurrency applied sciences is important for the neighborhood to develop, freely innovate, and construct new and higher merchandise.”
Sq. is placing all of our crypto patents into a brand new non-profit org we’re calling the Crypto Open Patent Alliance, which can preserve a shared patent library to assist the crypto neighborhood defend towards patent aggressors and trolls. Be a part of us! #bitcoinhttps://t.co/I9VopgtMz9
— jack (@jack) September 10, 2020
Members of the alliance will conform to pool crypto and blockchain patents into COPA’s library, guaranteeing open entry to applied sciences developed by taking part companies. The alliance web site says:
“Cryptocurrency know-how and its adoption remains to be at a nascent stage. We imagine that cryptocurrency’s success depends upon the neighborhood coming collectively to construct and develop upon present applied sciences to innovate, which isn’t doable when events tie up foundational know-how in patents and litigation.”
The alliance hopes to “remodel the best way patents are considered and used within the crypto world,” emphasizing the chance for patents to be employed to advance innovation within the sector, moderately than to hinder the trade’s growth.
As of April 17 2020, Alibaba Group held essentially the most blockchain patents with 2,344. It filed for 470 patents in 2019. Tencent is seeking to speed up its patent hoarding with 718 filings final 12 months.
Controversial self-proclaimed ‘Satoshi’ Craig Wight, is incessantly accused of being a patent troll for his efforts, and his firm nChain’s efforts, to safe hundreds of blockchain patents.
Whereas greater than 5,800 purposes for patent blockchain patents have been filed final 12 months, solely 3% have been granted throughout 2019.
Comparable efforts to create a “collective protect” towards “patent aggressors” have been undertaken within the music trade, with programmers and musicians Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin developing software program to generate practically each doable melody in defiance of the controversial music litigation trade earlier this 12 months.
In March, Katy Perry efficiently had a ruling reversed regarding a lawsuit filed by Christian rapper, Flame, that sought $2.Eight million for Perry’s use of 8-bit musical timbre within the track Darkish Horse — which Flame claimed had been stolen from his track Joyful Noise.
In 1993, former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty was sued by the proprietor of Fantasy Information for allegedly ripping off a track that he had written 23 12 months prior, that the report label had come to personal the rights to.