SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

February 15, 2011 09:39 ET

Rackspace Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - Open Invention Network (OIN) today announced the signing of Rackspace® as an OIN licensee. OIN's mission is to enable and protect Linux. By becoming a licensee, Rackspace, a leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, has joined the expanding list of companies that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

"Rackspace is committed to OpenStack, an open source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability," said Mark Interrante, VP of Product, Rackspace Hosting. "We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage ongoing development of open solutions and promote further innovation, which benefits everyone."

"Rackspace is a leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, including open source cloud computing. Given this, we are pleased to have Rackspace join OIN as a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By signing our license, Rackspace affirms that it values the continued openness of Linux and demonstrates its willingness to stand together with others in the open source community. We applaud the company's foresight in taking this step."

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 fosters additional investment in, and adoption of, Linux, which in turn helps to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and open ecosystem for Linux.

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. Its license agreement 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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