International Characters – Business Model
Page: 1 – Date: 9/11/2006
Patent-Based Dual-Licensing Open Source Business Model
Rob Cameron, president of International Characters and professor of computer science
at Simon Fraser University in Canada, has invented new technology that, among other
things, dramatically improves performance in processing character streams, for example
doing transcoding and other XML processing. We're convinced that many companies will
want to practice this patent-pending technology in both software and hardware because
of the very large performance improvement that can be achieved in many important
areas of computing (among other advantages, including significant energy savings).
Dr. Cameron's new methods are examples of the kinds of invention that the patent
system was intended to reward, and we have filed several patent applications on them.
We are also submitting our patent applications to Community Patent Review because
we believe this process will rigorously test the quality of our patent claims before patents
are actually issued.
We founded our company, International Characters, to commercialize these inventions
under a licensing model that supports open source and encourages more invention by
others. Information on the philosophy guiding our model can be found at Professor
Cameron's website, www.cs.sfu.ca/~cameron/tech-transfer.html.
Our philosophy is related to, but broader than, that of free and open source software. It
seeks to achieve synergy between three systems of technology knowledge
1. The academic enterprise, primarily universities and research institutions,
dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.
2. The patent system, intended to "promote the progress of science and useful
arts" by securing for inventors a time-limited exclusive right to their
3. The free and open source software ecosystem that embodies knowledge in
the form of software source code and makes th