SOURCE: Open Invention Network and Development

March 30, 2010 09:00 ET

Open Invention Network Extends the Linux Ecosystem as Guest-tek™ Becomes Licensee

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Guest-tek™ as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Guest-tek™ 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 Guest-tek the leader of IP based technology solutions for the hospitality industry, become a licensee as we seek to enable the Linux Ecosystem," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "Guest-tek 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 a critical enabler of Guest-tek's systems as it helps us to provide our industry leading solutions to the hospitality industry," said Arnon Levy, President and CEO. "By becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage ongoing Linux development which ensures the continued improvement of our technology and services. This relationship will be very beneficial for Guest-tek and our customers and partners worldwide."

OIN has accumulated more than 300 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. 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 Guest-Tek

Guest-tek™ is the world's largest provider of IP based technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Guest-tek's™ OneView™ platform provides hotels with converged data, video and telephony services. Guest-tek™ is a preferred vendor to major hotel brands, providing services including network design, procurement, implementation, and post sales customer support to 2,668 properties and over 450,000 rooms. The company's head offices are in Calgary, Alberta, and it has major support facilities in Irvine, California, and Warsaw, Poland as well as Sales offices located throughout North America and Europe. For more information, visit www.guest-tek.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 the property of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other names and brand marks are the property of their respective holders.