SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

April 13, 2010 06:00 ET

Open Invention Network Announces Dramatic Increase in Licensing Program in First Quarter

40 New Licensees Join OIN Community in Support of Linux

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  Due to the freedom of action enabled by the Open Invention Network (OIN) licensing program, as well as growing recognition of the value of OIN association, OIN today announced a significant increase in the number of new licensees in its most recent fiscal quarter. During the first quarter of 2010, OIN signed 40 new licensees. OIN licensees benefit from enhanced leverage that is driven by access to OIN and shared intellectual property resources that may be employed to deter patent aggression against open source users and community members. 

"We are pleased to welcome all of our new licensees to the OIN community," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "We applaud each organization's foresight in taking this step, and look forward to bringing an increasing number of companies, of various sizes, into the OIN licensee community in the coming months. As open source and Linux become increasingly prevalent, unity and a singular purpose will be beneficial in ensuring freedom of action and eliminating interference from those whose behaviors are antagonistic to Linux and whose business models are antithetical to true innovation."

During the first quarter of 2010, the list of new OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux and freedom of action included the following organizations:

  1. Accudata, Inc.
  2. Asturix
  3. aYnik Software Solutions
  4. Codethink
  5. Cybozu, Inc.
  6. GeeXbox
  7. Guest-tek
  8. HMW-Consulting
  9. ICTivity
  10. kademar Linux
  11. Koan SAS
  12. Kolab Systems
  13. Kongoni GNU/Linux
  14. Kwort Linux
  15. Linalis
  16. Linpus
  17. Linvo GNU/Linux
  18. Loco
  19. MARKOV Solutions
  20. Masonux
  21. Ooma
  22. OpenGEU
  23. OpenMoko
  24. OpenWrt
  25. Orkney, Inc.
  26. Osnofian Linux
  27. Pure OS
  28. RawGNU
  29. Rocklyte (Athene OS)
  30. Ruby Association LLC
  31. Secret Lab Technologies Ltd
  32. Solstice
  33. South Pole AB
  34. StartCom
  35. Summit Business Associates
  36. Thirdware
  37. Toorox
  38. Ulteo
  39. USU
  40. ZevenOS

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 investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth. By broadly licensing its rapidly expanding patent portfolio OIN is disseminating protections across the Linux community and promoting an active dialogue among entities committed to freedom of action in Linux. The web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license OIN's patent portfolio acknowledge and affirm OIN's commitment to address and neutralize the ongoing threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for innovation.

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 Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network® is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN 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.