HPE opens its patents to fight COVID-19

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HPE signed the Open COVID Pledge, granting free access to all of its patented technologies for the purpose of diagnosing, preventing, containing and treating COVID-19.

In a blog post on the HPE website it was reported that ‘Hewlett Packard Enterprise is opening up our treasure trove of patented innovations to accelerate everyone’s response to the health crisis we face. Today, we signed the Open COVID Pledge, which grants free access to all of our patented technologies for the purpose of diagnosing, preventing, containing and treating COVID-191.’

HPE’s patented assets will help organisations around the world to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here are a few examples: Researchers around the world are using our supercomputing and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to advance diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19, including through the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.  As a member of the consortium, we provide supercomputing software and applications expertise free of charge to help researchers port, run, and optimize essential applications. HPE’s Wi-Fi technologies and location-based services are used to quickly establishing pop-up clinics and hospitals, such as the ferry GNV Splendid, which was transformed into a floating hospital, moored in Genoa, Italy.

These technologies can give doctors online access to patient medical records and help them locate essential instruments. Cryo-electron microscopy is a breakthrough technology with the power to shorten the time to drug discovery and development. Our integrated HPE Apollo compute and storage systems remove bottlenecks when moving data from the microscope to analytics, thanks to faster data transfer technologies, optimized storage, and better integration of compute, storage, and analysis functions within the system.

With the Open COVID Pledge, organisations are now free to use these and other HPE technologies without worrying about HPE’s patents. They are free to use and combine HPE technologies with their own technologies to create breakthrough solutions to combat COVID-19. HPE has a rich heritage of sharing its intellectual property and technology to advance the way people live and work, and this patent pledge reflects our continuing commitment to those principles.

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