MongoDB Joins LOT Network To Protect Open Innovation For Developers
By joining LOT Network, MongoDB is proactively taking measures to protect itself against harmful litigation from patent trolls.
NEW YORK – October 19, 2021 – MongoDB, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDB), the leading, modern, general purpose database platform, today announced it has joined LOT Network, a non-profit community of companies that builds a protective barrier for its members against patent assertion entities (PAEs) more commonly known as “patent trolls”.
PAEs acquire patents via third parties, and then try to make money through litigation against potential infringers. This is not only costly, it directly harms innovation. LOT Network covers more than 3.1 million patent assets from 51 countries. If any one of them is acquired by a PAE, LOT Network members receive a license to that patent, which means they will be protected from any potential litigation.
“Our company has demonstrated not just through R&D, but across business models, policies and processes that it has a culture of investing in and driving innovation. By joining LOT Network, MongoDB is proactively taking measures to protect itself against litigation from PAEs alongside its 1,700-plus members,” said Andrew Stephens, MongoDB’s General Counsel. “We want to be a champion for the fair use of intellectual property, and we encourage other companies in our industry to join LOT Network to make our industry safer.”
"MongoDB is a welcome addition to LOT Network's community of more than 1,700 companies," said Ken Seddon, CEO, LOT Network. "Since its founding, MongoDB has been at the forefront of open-source software, including building and operating one of the most popular modern databases in the world. By joining our non-profit community, they are providing a way for companies to mitigate risk from PAEs, which is in direct alignment with the mission of LOT and further strengthens our collective ability to protect innovation."
MongoDB is the leading modern, general purpose database platform, designed to unleash the power of software and data for developers and the applications they build. Headquartered in New York, MongoDB has more than 29,000 customers in over 100 countries. The MongoDB database platform has been downloaded over 200 million times and there have been more than 1.5 million registrations for MongoDB University courses.
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