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Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) revealed plans on Tuesday for a project that will aggregate information on patents that have been pledged to the open source community.

Stuart Cohen, OSDL's chief executive, said the project — which is still in the planning stages — will make it easier for the open source community to find and use patents that have been donated. A number of companies, including Nokia, IBM and Sun have recently made open source patent pledges.

"The OSDL patent commons project is designed to increase the utility and value of the growing number of patent pledges and promises in the past year by providing a central repository where intellectual property can be held for the benefit of all of us," said Cohen in a statement. "Our goal is to make it easier for developers and industry to take advantage of the good works of vendors, individuals and organizations who may wish to pledge patents and intellectual property in support of the community."

The patent commons project will include a library and database containing information on legal offerings that cover open source, including patent pledges and indemnification programs. More details on the project will be made available in the coming months, according to the OSDL.

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