SOURCE: Open Invention Network

April 20, 2010 09:00 ET

OIN Extends the Linux Ecosystem as NHN Corporation, Korea's Premier Internet Company, Becomes Licensee

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of NHN Corporation as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, NHN has joined the growing list of companies that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux.

"We are pleased to have NHN, a company that owns Naver, the leading search engine, and Hangame, the leading game portal in Korea, become a licensee as we seek to enable the Linux Ecosystem," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "NHN is one of a growing number of companies that recognize the value provided by open source software and the Linux community. We applaud their support for Linux."

"Linux is an important enabler of NHN, and it helps us to continue to roll out new and innovative online services," said Pyungchul Kim, CTO. "By becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage ongoing Linux development which ensures the ongoing improvement of our online offering. This relationship will be very beneficial for NHN and our customers and partners worldwide."

OIN has amassed a broad portfolio of patents, including patents held by nominees on its behalf. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around and in support of Linux. The Open Invention Network license agreement can be found at http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.

About NHN Corporation

NHN Corporation is Korea's premier Internet company, operating the nation's top search portal, Naver (www.naver.com) the leading online game portal, Hangame (www.hangame.com) the nation's largest children's portal, Jr.Naver (www.jr.naver.com) and the first online donation portal, Happybean (http://happybean.naver.com). For more information, visit www.nhncorp.com.

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network® is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy, and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. It enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.

Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005, and has received investments from IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com.

Open Invention Network, the Open Invention Network logo, Linux Defenders, Linux Defenders 911 and the Linux Defenders 911 logo are registered trademarks or the property of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other names and brand marks are the property of their respective holders.