Non-Proprietary -- CopyLeft, Patent Free, Transparent
Neda's Public Non-Proprietary Policy Statements
As a For Profit company, for what we are trying to accomplish and based on the nature of our domain, we reject much of the so called Intelectual Property regime. In particular the branches of Copyright and Patents.
To be lawfully and businesswise sound we have adopted the following policies:
Neda CopyLeft Policy
This policy statement only applies to software developed by Neda for Neda for Neda Services and Products.
It does not apply to software developed by Neda as work for hire.
We believe in the Free Software philosophy and our licenses are generally aligned with GNU Licenses
as described at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ part of which is reproduced below.
Published software should be free software. To make it free software, you need to release it under a free software license. We normally use the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), but occasionally we use other free software licenses. We use only licenses that are compatible with the GNU GPL for GNU software.
Documentation for free software should be free documentation, so that people can redistribute it and improve it along with the software it describes. To make it free documentation, you need to release it under a free documentation license. We normally use the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL), but occasionally we use other free documentation licenses.
Neda Patent Free Policy
No Software Patent Assertions
Neda will never obtain a patent for the purpose of general assertion.
As of 2007 Neda has not applied for any patents.
Patent Free Protocol Declarations
Neda's Patent Free Protocol policy is consistent with that of the
Free Protocols Foundation.
Neda has made Protocol Patent Free declarations for the following protocols.
- ESRO -- RFC-2188 -- www.esro.org
- EMSD -- RFC-2524 -- www.emsd.org
Defense Against Patents
The president of Neda Communications is also the founder of the, an organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of patent-free protocols. We fully subscribe to the principles of the Free Protocols Foundation regarding protocol patent freedom.
- Consulting. We are very experienced and knowledgeable regarding
patents as they relate to the data communications industry. We can
provide expert advice and guidance to clients who are facing patent
assertion claims in this arena.
- Prior art determination. We can conduct prior art searches ourselves,
or provide assistance and direction to clients who are conducting
their own search for prior art.
- Expert witness testimony. We can provide expert witness testimony or
depositions as appropriate.
Please refer to our Client List for some of the clients to whom we have provided patent-related services.