SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

August 29, 2012 09:00 ET

OIN Enhances Linux System Definition With Expanded Mobile Linux Coverage

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) - Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that it has expanded the Linux System technologies covered by its protective network of royalty-free cross-licenses and by its defensive patent portfolio to include eighteen mobile Linux software packages, such as android-core and dalvik. This new coverage builds upon updates to OIN's coverage from earlier this year, in which OIN added 700 new software packages to its Linux System definition, including frequently used packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit.

"Smartphones and other mobile devices are important catalysts for market players continuing to adopt open source solutions. Because of this dynamic, this Linux System update furthers OIN's mission to enable and protect Linux," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "We are pleased to offer enhanced value to OIN's existing and prospective licensees, including those who are developing and promoting Android and other Linux-based mobile technologies."

Like the earlier update, this expansion will beneficially broaden OIN patent cross-licenses and further encourage OIN community members to share Linux related technologies. This enhanced coverage will encourage Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users to continue to collaborate around and invest in Linux.

Open Invention Network's patents are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual who agrees not to assert patents against OIN licensees who use and distribute the Linux System, as defined at

OIN posts the Open Invention Network license at

With its license, OIN disseminates protections, including patent cross-licenses and releases, among its licensees, which encourages them to collaborate.

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 royalty-free, 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 strong industry and community backing and was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, visit

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