CERN Issues Open Hardware Licence For Electronic DesignsPublished on 7 July 2011 @ 9:00 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
The European Organisaton for Nuclear Research (CERN) today issued an open hardware licence for electronic designs, following its principle of â€œopen science.â€
The Open Hardware Licence (OHL) version 1.1 was launched by Geneva-based CERN after the first version was created in March. The licence was created on the Open Hardware Repository defined â€œby its creators as a place on the web where electronics designers can collaborate on open-hardware designs, much in the philosophy of the movement of open-source software,â€ according to the CERN.
The OHL â€œprovides a framework for knowledge exchange that reconciles open design principles with traceability with a clear policy for the management of intellectual property,â€ according to a press release.
Hardware design documentation includes schematic diagrams, designs, circuit or circuit-board layouts, and mechanical drawings. The OHL â€œwas created to govern the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products,â€ the release said.
According to the licence, CERN â€œwished to disseminate its hardware designs (â€¦) as widely as possible, and generally to foster collaboration among public research hardware designers.â€ The OHL is copyright of CERN, says the licence, and anyone can use it, â€œin unmodified form only, for the distribution of his own Open Hardware designs.â€