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Tokyo Electron Device Joins the Open Invention Network Community
Durham, NC (March 7, 2023) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source and now the largest patent non-aggression …
Amazon Joins the Open Invention Network
Durham, NC (December 6, 2022) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source software (OSS) and the largest patent …
U.S. Bank Joins the Open Invention Network
Durham, NC (November 15, 2022) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source software (OSS) and now the largest …
Open Source Sustainability Strategy Leads Amazon Web Services to Commit Its Entire Portfolio to OIN
May 10, 2023 — Amazon Web Services (AWS) supports Open Source on a long-term scale “and sustainability is our guiding principle for these investments,” AWS …
Study Demonstrates Companies that Participate in OIN are more Innovative
April 6, 2023 — A recent study, “Effect of an open patent pool strategy on technology innovation in terms of creating shared value” demonstrates empirically …
Third Largest Semiconductor Production Equipment Manufacturer Joins OIN
March 7, 2022 — Chips are the beating heart of innovation and governments across the globe are racing to bring semiconductor manufacturing within …
What Our Members are Saying
Since its inception 15 years ago, OIN has provided unprecedented protection to enable the incredible growth and adoption of Linux and other related open source software around the world. As the OIN community has grown to over 3,000 members and the Linux definition has matured, that protection has only grown stronger. IBM and Red Hat have been two of the leading proponents and drivers of Linux and open source software for over 20 years and have been founding members of OIN since its inception. Today, IBM and Red Hat continue to share with OIN a deep and unwavering commitment to scale Linux and open source innovation providing flexibility, choice and leadership for the industry.
This move (regarding Huawei’s OIN membership demonstrates that joining OIN has become a no-brainer for any product company. Setting aside the patent trolls, who would never have an incentive to join, no one is asserting patents against Linux anymore. Waging a patent war against a popular open-source project like Linux is bad for business. Of course, the OIN definition of Linux is far broader than the kernel. Even so, the OIN pool protects the basic infrastructure of the web, and no serious product company has an interest in disrupting it. That would be like sabotaging the roads we all drive on.
Google has been a proud member of OIN since joining the community in 2007. Linux and adjacent open source software power the cloud-based services of today and tomorrow. Throughout, OIN has been there to ensure that open source remains safe for users, consumers, and developers alike to consume and upon which to build.