SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

January 31, 2012 09:15 ET

Open Invention Network Highlights Strong 2011 Licensing Performance

Over 60% Growth in the OIN Community of Licensees

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Jan 31, 2012) - OIN today announced a remarkable increase in the size of its community of licensees during 2011 as licensees seized the opportunity to benefit from the value of the growing OIN community and the freedom of action enabled by OIN's royalty free licensing program. During 2011, OIN's community grew to over 400 corporate licensees, a more than 60% year over year increase. OIN licensees, which include founding members and associate members, benefit from the leverage provided by a patent portfolio dedicated to the protection of Linux and access to enabling technologies through OIN and shared intellectual property resources.

"2011 was a noteworthy year for OIN's licensing effort as royalty free access to our patent portfolio, and of the collaborative behavior encouraged by our licensing program, came into brighter focus for a broader constituency, including Linux end-users," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "In 2012, we remain committed to building upon the success of 2011, and will look to leverage our relationships with associate members, licensees, and the open source community in general to drive continued growth."

OIN welcomes the list of new corporate OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux during the fourth quarter of 2011, which included the following:

1. Anderson Erickson Dairy
2. AnikOS
3. Broadview Networks
4. Burhani Linux
5. Cinux
6. Dax OS
7. Evolveum, s.r.o.
8. Exherbo
9. FrameOS Linux
10. GoboLinux
11. IPCop
12. Linux Comfusion
13. Moodle
14. Parsidora Project
15. Revamp Linux
17. Tuquito
18. Untangle Inc. (Untangle Linux)

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. This enables companies in the OIN community 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 seek to limit, exclude or tax open source initiatives.

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

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

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