SOURCE: Open Invention Network
DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Dec 30, 2013) - Open Invention Network (OIN) announced today
that it has extended its Linux-protective network to include OpenStack and
other cloud computing technologies. Specifically, it significantly
expanded the technologies covered by OIN's network of royalty-free
cross-licenses and by its defensive patent portfolio.
"Cloud computing's flexibility and scalability are enabling previously
unimagined innovation and value creation," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open
Invention Network. "Our objective with this important extension is to
support that innovation."
Alan Clark, chairman of the board of OpenStack Foundation, remarked: "We
applaud OIN's efforts to promote patent non-aggression in the cloud by
adding the OpenStack packages to its Linux System definition. The OpenStack
Foundation Board of Directors appreciates that the rapidly-growing OIN
community has been, and is now explicitly, supporting freedom of action in
the cloud of the future that OpenStack has been formed to enable."
This expansion will beneficially broaden OIN's patent cross-license
coverage, further encourage OIN's over 700 community members to share
Linux-related technologies and offer an incentive for Linux developers,
distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users to continue to collaborate
around and invest in Linux. Linux software has become so pervasive that it
now powers many every day activities, from making a phone call or credit
card purchase to using cloud-based services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Patents owned by Open Invention Network are licensed royalty-free to any
company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents
against the Linux System. The Open Invention Network license can be
reviewed and signed online at http://licenses.openinventionnetwork.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 was launched in 2005 and has strong industry support
with backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE (a
business unit of Novell). For more information, visit