Microsoft took a similar pledge, it put quite a lot more than just ten patents in the promise. IBM pledged 500, and Sun pledged 1,600, when those companies took the same pledge back in 2005 (of course that pledge didn't cover the patents Oracle eventually used to sue Google). Google has promised to expand the patents covered by this pledge.Don't get us wrong. It's a great gesture, and more than we've seen from lawsuit happy companies like Apple and Samsung, but for comparison's sake, when
Impressively, according to the announcement, Google says the OPN Pledge will remain in effect for the life of each patent even if Google no longer owns the patents. Google is hoping that this pledge "will serve as a model for the industry."