DURHAM, NC–Open Invention Network (OIN) announced today significant growth in the size of its community of licensees during the third quarter. Licensees continue to benefit from the value of OIN association and the freedom of action enabled by OIN’s licensing program. During the period, OIN had over 25 new companies join its community of licensees, so that the community currently numbers over 490 open source supporters. 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.
“We were pleased with the solid progress that OIN made during the third quarter with its licensing efforts. We successfully signed up a number of exciting new OIN community members, including Vonage and X.org, among others,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network.
OIN welcomes the list of new corporate OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux, which includes the following:
1. Ares Computer Shop (AEROS)
3. C-Dot Consultants
4. Change Vision, Inc.
5. CODETALK.RS, LLC.
6. Coova Technologies, LLC.
8. Flying Stone Technology, Inc.
9. Free Electrons
10. Galsoft Linux
11. Globaliist Inc.
15. Jolla Oy
17. Limitless Electronics
18. MAPconcierge Corporation
20. Open Media Cluster
21. Open Source Automation Development Lab eG (OSADL)
22. Project Matriux
23. Revolution Systems, LLC.
24. Seneca Software & Solar, Inc.
25. Vehera LTD. (SMEStorage)
26. Vonage Holdings Corp.
27. X.org Foundation
28. Zest 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 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.