SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

February 08, 2011 09:00 ET

Mandriva Joins Open Invention Network as a Licensee

PARIS and DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended its community with the signing of Mandriva as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Mandriva has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

"Mandriva is a leading European publisher of Linux software, providing solutions for individuals, enterprises, and OEMs across a wide range of platforms, from mobile devices to desktops to servers. Given this, we are pleased to have Mandriva become a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By doing so, Mandriva affirms its ongoing support for open source. We applaud its foresight in taking this step to support both itself and the open source community broadly."

"Mandriva Linux aims to provide the best of open source software in its solutions. Because of this, we understand the importance of participating within the community and in helping to spur open source innovation," said Arnaud Laprévote, CEO of Mandriva. "We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source innovators can deter patent aggression, help to ensure ongoing freedom of action, and encourage continued collaboration and advances in Linux." 

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.

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 www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of Mandriva Linux, an easy-to-use and innovative operating system. It is one of the most popular Linux editions in the world. Dedicated to making open source technologies accessible to all users, the company offers a full range of products and services to individuals, enterprises and government organizations. Mandriva products are available online in 80 languages and in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels.

Headquartered in Paris, France, the company is publicly traded on the Euronext Marche Libre. For more information, visit http://www.mandriva.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. 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 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.