TechCrunch: “What To Do With Failed Startup IP?“:

The large majority of most startups fail, and a lot of them have software, patents and other intellectual property that may be of value to the community. This IP could help those startups avoid wasting time reinventing the wheel, find creative ways to solve problems, etc. In a perfect world, the best of this property would be made available via a clearing house, or turned open source.