SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

January 19, 2011 09:00 ET

OIN Licensing Strength Continues in Fourth Quarter as OIN Announces Expanded Effort on Licensing the Linux User Community

Over 70 New Licensees Join OIN Community in Support of Linux

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) -  Open Invention Network (OIN) announced today a significant increase in the size of its community of licensees during its most recent fiscal quarter. In addition, Open Invention Network announced that it intends to sign up additional Linux user community and select technology companies as it seeks to expand the community of companies covered under OIN's royalty free license. During the fourth quarter of 2010, OIN experienced 39% growth in its community of licensees, so that the community currently numbers 260 corporate supporters. OIN licensees, which include founding members and associate members, benefit from leverage against patent aggression and access to enabling technologies through OIN's shared intellectual property resources. 

"OIN has received enthusiastic support from a wide range of entities," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "During the fourth quarter, OIN licensees included the home of LibreOffice, The Document Foundation, important open source contributors such as GParted and Emdebian, and large corporate entities such as Jaspersoft and SugarCRM, among others. Also, Linux users increasingly are coming to depend on open source software. Going forward, while it will remain attentive to its core community, OIN intends to expand its licensing effort to Linux users and select technology companies which employ open source software to provide innovative products and services. Finally, while we do not have space to list them all, OIN acknowledges and appreciates the great number of individuals who signed an OIN license during the fourth quarter."

During the fourth quarter of 2010, the list of new corporate OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux and freedom of action included the following:

1. Abacorix Pty Ltd
2. Adaxa Pty Ltd and Adaxa USA
3. Afterecho Ltd
4. Arnox IT Limited
5. Asianux
6. Basic Knowledge Publishing Co.
7. Benefit Resource, Inc.
8. Bodhi Linux
9. CFengine
10. Chakra
11. Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond in Nederland
12. City of Savage Minnesota
13. CodeMeta, Inc.
14. Communitas Supportive Care Society
15. Cubrid Ltd
16. The Document Foundation
17. Doubleshine.org
18. DragonWing Software
19. ECS Consulting Group, LLC
20. EDL Systems
21. Emdebian
22. eSYS Informationssysteme GmbH Agreement
23. FMA Development, LLC
24. Frugalware
25. Geeknet
26. Gentoo Foundation (Gentoo)
27. GMS Digital Consulting
28. GnackTrack
29. GParted
30. Granular Linux
31. Hawk Software
32. Hindsight Consulting, Inc.
33. iloog
34. Itis Linux
35. Janua SARL
36. JasperSoft
37. Kiteroa Nominees Pty Ltd
38. live.linuX-gamers.net
39. Login, Inc.
40. Mageia.Org Association
41. Media LightBridge, LLC
42. Neary Consulting
43. Nomovok Ltd.
44. Onlight, LLC
45. open2space
46. OpenApp
47. OpenBricks
48. Openstech
49. Peppermint OS
50. PGNetwork LLC
51. Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH
52. PSAP Service Corporation
53. Ripsand Technologies Ltd
54. Sabayon Linux
55. skwashd services pty ltd
56. Slack/390
57. Smarts On Site
58. Sourcefabric o.p.s.
59. SugarCRM
60. Sugar on a Stick
61. Taiwu International Co., Ltd.
62. TCE Operating System Services (TOSS)
63. TuxMobil
64. Tux Technology LLC
65. University of Hull
66. VALlDOS RY
67. Vatlator
68. Weaknet
69. Wetwork
70. ¿WHY? TechEng Ltd.
71. Wizery Ltd.
72. Yahoo! Inc.
73. Zenith Consulting Solutions Inc.
74. Zerofusion, Inc.

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 investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth. By broadly licensing its rapidly expanding patent portfolio, OIN is disseminating protections across the Linux community and promoting an active dialogue among entities committed to freedom of action in Linux. The web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license OIN's patent portfolio acknowledge and affirm OIN's commitment to enable Linux and address the ongoing threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for innovation. 

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 can be found at http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.

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.

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