|| ||"Hughes, James" <James.Hughes-AT-ketchum.com> |
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|| ||OIN Announces Broad Expansion of Linux System Definition |
|| ||Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:25:35 -0500|
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OIN Announces Broad Expansion of Linux System Definition and Community Protections
Enhances the Collaborative Environment for OIN Licensees by Expanding
Technological Reach to Keep Pace with Linux’s Rapid Market Expansion
Durham, NC (March 6, 2012) – Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that it
has significantly expanded and updated the Linux System technologies
covered by its protective network of royalty-free cross-licenses among
hundreds of OIN licensees. Over 700 new software packages – including
popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit – will now receive
coverage. In addition, coverage for over 1,000 existing software packages
has been updated.
This will have the positive effect of broadening the scope of coverage of
the patent cross-licenses and releases from claims of patent infringement
between and among the OIN community members. The improved coverage of the
OIN license will help to encourage ongoing collaboration and investment
from Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users.
“This expansion in the coverage of the OIN license furthers OIN’s mission
to enable and protect Linux,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention
Network. “This update is an exciting day for OIN and Linux, and is driven
by the dynamic growth of open source software. We are pleased to offer
enhanced value to OIN’s licensees, which we believe will be beneficial to
the open source community as a whole.”
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”, as defined at http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_linuxdef.php.
With its license, OIN is disseminating protections, including patent
cross-licenses and releases from claims of patent infringement among its
licensees, which in turn encourages collaboration. The Open Invention
Network license can be found at http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement...
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 royalty-free,
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 strong industry and community backing and was
launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more
information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com<http://www.ulteo.com/>.
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trademarks or the property of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other names
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