Computer Associates (CA) will give open source projects access to 14 of its patents, which address a range of technologies, covering application development, data analytics and systems management. Royalty-free access to the patents will be provided, and claims will not be made against people who make use of them.

CA said it is following IBM's lead, which earlier this year pledged 500 patents to open source communities. CA also urged other technology companies to help create a "patent commons".