SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

October 19, 2010 09:00 ET

blackPanther OS Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, has extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of blackPanther as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, blackPanther 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 fosters additional investment in, and adoption of, Linux, which in turn helps 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 open ecosystem for Linux.

"We are pleased to have blackPanther, another popular and growing Linux distribution, join OIN as a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By doing so, blackPanther affirms that it values the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux community. We applaud their support for Linux."

"We are expanding and improving blackPanther, and we wish to ensure the freedom to continue our efforts," said Charles Barcza, Founder. "We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage Linux development and foster innovation in a technical community that benefits everyone."

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. Its license agreement can be found at

About blackPanther
blackPanther OS is a Hungarian Linux distribution which borrows features from other major open source projects, including Mandriva Linux (graphical configuration tools), Fedora (graphical user interface) and Ubuntu (driver management). The distribution is designed for use at school, home and work as it contains applications for common daily tasks, such as time management, office work or media playback. For more information, visit

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 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit

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.