SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

April 27, 2010 09:00 ET

The Ruby Association Joins Open Invention Network as a Licensee

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -  Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended its community with the signing of the Ruby Association as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, the Ruby Association has joined the growing list of companies that recognize the importance of 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 open source -- helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of 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 open source solutions.

"We are pleased to have a respected open source contributor become a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By doing so, the Ruby Association affirms its commitment to open source. We applaud their foresight in taking this step to support both itself and the open source community broadly."

"We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source innovators can deter patent aggression," said Yukihiro Matsumoto, creator of the Ruby programming language. "In taking a license we help to address the threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for inventiveness and collaboration."

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 The Ruby Association LLC

The Ruby Association LLC is an organization to help development of the programming language Ruby. The goals of the Ruby Association are to improve relationships between Ruby-related projects, communities and businesses, and to address issues connected with using Ruby in an enterprise environment. For more information, visit http://www.ruby-assn.org.

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.