An encouraging step by IBM. Still – 3,248 new software patents in one year!!?!
Not that I would select out IBM for doing this, as apparently all large technology companies generate boatloads of patents – primarily as a form of self-defense. Hard to see this whole process as anything but badly broken.
Donating 500 patents out of that large set is either a minor token (and thus bogus), or a key first step. If the 500 were selected as potentially threatening to users of open-source software, then this is worthy first step. Perhaps IBM would like to see other companies chip in with their own contributions before making a larger donation.
Who will step up and make their own contribution next?
(Somehow I am not expecting to see Microsoft on this list).