SOURCE: Open Invention Network

April 11, 2007 06:00 ET

Open-Xchange Signs License Agreement With Open Invention Network to Provide Intellectual Property Protection to Distributors and End-Users

Provides Linux-Based IP Protection for the Company and Its Customers

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2007 -- Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today announced that Open-Xchange, a developer of scalable and integrated open source email and collaboration solutions, has become an OIN licensee. By becoming a licensee, Open-Xchange has joined the growing list of companies that are leveraging OIN to ensure Linux-based, intellectual property protection for themselves and their end-user customers.

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 like Open-Xchange to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth.

"We are pleased to have Open-Xchange become a licensee of our patents," said Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer of Open Invention Network. "Open-Xchange is one of a growing number companies, worldwide, that understand the value in the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux community. OIN will continue to acquire intellectual property that will protect Linux developers, distributors and users."

"We are ardent supporters of Linux and the open source software community," said Paul Sterne, CFO and general manager of Americas for Open-Xchange, Inc. "We saw significant advantages in licensing OIN's patents. In addition to the benefits of royalty-free access to OIN's intellectual property, the protection it offers from aggressive companies looking to harm Linux developers and end-users is very compelling. Becoming an OIN licensee also means that we at Open-Xchange can focus even more of our energies on creating innovations -- instead of on intellectual property issues."

In less than a year, OIN has accumulated more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent commons that OIN is creating around and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux environment, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.

This makes it economically attractive for companies that want to repackage, embed and use Linux to host specialized services or create complementary products. Additionally, it helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors.

The Open Invention Network license agreement can be found at www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license.php.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Open-Xchange Inc. is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source email and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. Open-Xchange enables web-hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered using Software as a Service (SaaS). Internet service providers (ISPs) and hosting providers, led by 1&1 Internet, deliver advanced email and groupware features through Open-Xchange to millions of users. Open-Xchange Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tarrytown, NY, with research, development, and operations in Olpe and Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com.

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux System by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability. It promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005, and has received investments from IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, go to www.openinventionnetwork.com.

Open Invention Network and the Open Invention Network logo are the properties of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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