SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

August 10, 2011 09:00 ET

Open Invention Network (OIN) Licensing Momentum Continues in Second Quarter of 2011 Driven by Success With Linux Users

35 New Licensees Join OIN Community in Support of Linux

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - Open Invention Network (OIN) announced today a significant increase in the size of its community of licensees during its most recent fiscal quarter. During the second quarter of 2011, OIN had 35 new companies join its community of licensees, so that the community currently numbers over 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 successfully added to our community with leading companies that are Linux users," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "During the second quarter, OIN licensees included Cisco, Twitter, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, among others. We are committed to growing our community with open source software developers and vendors as well as Linux users of all types."

During the second quarter of 2011, the list of new corporate OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux and freedom of action included the following:

  • 0 Linux
  • CentOS
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Data-Warehouse GmbH
  • Diaspora
  • Everyleaf Corporation
  • EXTONS
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • GoAutoDial Inc.
  • Golden Delicious Computers
  • IGNIS Innovation Inc.
  • Invisible Things Lab
  • iWay Vietnam
  • KeeP Desenvolvimento e Tecnologia Ltda
  • Lincomp
  • Linux Done Right (LDR)
  • Liquid Lemur Linux
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • NixOS
  • Occasus, Inc.
  • pQui Linux
  • Puppet Labs
  • Runtu
  • Saline OS
  • Stargate Films, Inc.
  • StormOS
  • sysmocom
  • Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions
  • TRIsoft - Fischer & Stephan OHG
  • Twitter, Inc.
  • T Software
  • Univention GmbH
  • WaffleLabs (EasyPeasy)
  • Wolfer Linux
  • Zorin OS

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.

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.