SOURCE: Open Invention Network

April 17, 2007 06:00 ET

Canonical Signs License Agreement With Open Invention Network

Agreement Provides Intellectual Property Protection to Ubuntu Developers and Users

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, announced today that Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, has become an OIN licensee, providing Ubuntu users and developers IP protection.

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 like Canonical to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth.

"We are pleased to have Canonical become a licensee of Open Invention Network's patents," said Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer of Open Invention Network. "Canonical is one of a growing number companies, worldwide, that understand that the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux community is an engine for innovation. OIN continues to acquire intellectual property that will protect Linux developers, distributors and users, today and years into the future."

"We are committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities," said Jane Silber, director of Operations, Canonical Ltd. "This agreement enables us to focus our energies on innovation -- instead of on intellectual property issues."

In less than a year, OIN has accumulated more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent commons that OIN is creating around and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux environment, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.

This makes it economically attractive for companies that want to repackage, embed and use Linux to host specialized services or create complementary products. Additionally, it helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors.

About Canonical and Ubuntu

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

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About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux System by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability. It promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. 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 go to

Open Invention Network and the Open Invention Network logo are the properties of Open Invention Network, LLC. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and their associated logos are all registered trademarks of Canonical Ltd. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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