Free Protocols Foundation

Facilitating the Creation, Promotion, &
Maintenance of Free Protocols

Protocol Patents Are Harmful
Software Patents Are Harmful

The presence of patented components within a protocol is extremely undesirable. The purpose of a protocol is to define an agreed-upon expected behavior, thus providing common ground for cooperation within an industry. The presence of patents within a protocol places restrictions on its implementation and usage, and therefore serves to undermine this purpose.

The Free Protocols Foundation (FPF) is an independent public forum, dedicated to the support of patent-free protocols. We do this by means of the following major activities:

The FPF provides its free publication service to any company, organization, or individual wishing to make a patent-free declaration. The FPF also provides a public notification service of these declarations. All services of the FPF are free of charge.

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