Established in 2005, Open Invention Network (OIN) is the world’s largest patent non-aggression community and free defensive patent pool.

We remove patent friction in core open source technologies, which drives higher levels of innovation. Open Source Software (OSS) distills the collective intelligence of a global community.

Mission

We enable freedom of action for Open Invention Network community members and users of Linux/OSS-based technology through our patent non-aggression, cross-license in the Linux System, which defines the commitment of all community members.

We will continue to grow our worldwide membership and the Linux System over time.

Vision

We will execute our mission by growing our community membership and engaging with companies of all types — from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises — across diverse industries.

We will continue updating the Linux System through a conservative, consensus-driven process to keep up with technological advances.

We will actively monitor for patent-related threats to Linux and adjacent open source technologies and encourage open source community Intellectual Property (IP)-related initiatives.

We will continue to promote and educate our community on complementary defensive IP strategies and support key open source projects.

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What People Say
UNISOC is committed to the independent development and design of core chips in the field of mobile communications and AIoT, and Linux and open source software are the key elements of our technology development. By joining the OIN community, Zhanrui demonstrates its strong commitment to innovation and will continue to support patent protection for projects such as Linux.
Yang Jiejing, Head of Legal DepartmentUNISOC
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Huawei
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Key Linux System Applications

Apache

Eclipse

Evolution

Fedora Directory Server

Firefox

GIMP

GNOME

KDE

Mono

Mozilla

MySQL

Nautilus

OpenLDAP

OpenOffice.org

Open-Xchange

Perl

PostgreSQL

Python

Samba

SELinux

Sendmail

Thunderbird

Governance

Our CEO, Keith Bergelt, in coordination with our Board of Directors — who are senior executives from OIN’s Funding Members — oversee the organization’s strategies, policies, decisions and activities.

Funding Members

NEC
Philips
Red Hat
Sony
SUSE
Google

What We Do

  • Deliver royalty-free access to the Linux System patents of our community members through cross- licensing commitments

  • Manage over 1,300 OIN patents and applications, licensed FREE-of-charge to all our members

  • Leverage our relationships to collect and share prior art when needed

  • Challenge patent applications as appropriate
  • Provide collective intelligence from a global community
  • Support our members and those under attack from patent aggressors

By the Numbers

members strong

From start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations

2.6+ million+

patents and applications

Our community owns 2.5 million+ patents & applications in total.

global patents and applications

Included in our broad scope patent portfolio

$100 million

in defensive patents

Acquired in support of the OIN and open source communities

3,300+

packages

Core Linux and Open Source Software packages in the Linux System

Member Benefits

  • Membership publicly demonstrates open source & patent non-aggression advocacy
  • Lifetime membership is FREE without entry barriers

  • Patent cross license in 3,300+ Linux and core open source technology packages

  • Patent peace in a community which owns 2.6+ million+ patents & applications in total

  • Member access to OIN’s patent portfolio of approximately 1,300 global patents & applications

  • Membership is available to ALL open source advocates — businesses & individuals

  • Members become part of a global, open source network of 3,300+ members from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms

  • Everyone signs the same agreement terms

  • Holding patents in the Linux System is not required

  • You get the opportunity to network with our rapidly-growing community members

  • OIN leverages our industry relationships to collect & share prior art as needed

  • OIN challenges patent applications as appropriate