Leader in electronic design automation tools and semiconductor intellectual property enhances the OIN community with its pledge of patent non-aggression

Durham, NC (December 16, 2014) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in the history of technology, announced today that Cadence Design Systems (Cadence) has become a licensee. In doing so, Cadence, a leader in global electronic design innovation, is demonstrating its commitment to high-performance open-source software, which helps to fuel innovation in semiconductor design and manufacturing.


“The powerful features associated with Linux have made it the development platform of choice for many system-on-chip designers,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We are delighted to have Cadence join the OIN community, and welcome its support of innovation through Linux and patent non-aggression. We look forward to the participation of more companies from the semiconductor industry.”


“Linux is an integral part of the advanced system-on-chip (SoC) development process and is used as the development platform as well as a target operating system for many systems that our customers design,” said Jim Ready, chief technology advisor, Software and Embedded Systems at Cadence. “Preserving the openness of Linux is critical to the continued advancement of next-generation SoCs in both embedded applications and consumer devices.”


More than 1,000 organizations worldwide have joined the OIN community. Community members cross-license Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. The OIN license can be reviewed and signed online at https://www.openinventionnetwork.com/joining-oin/license-agreement/.


About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence® software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company and its products and services is available at www.cadence.com.


About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE, OIN has more than 1,000 OIN community members and owns more than 900 global patents and applications. Member cross-licenses and OIN patent licenses are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community.


For more information, visit http://www.openinventionnetwork.com.



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