OIN believes greater diversity of thought, perspective and talent drives higher levels of innovation. We promote the idea that Open Source technologies provide a new business model which distills collective and global intelligence.
With 3,700+ members from more than 100 countries, we’re the largest patent non-aggression community in history. Together, we support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of Open Source & help members reduce patent risks.
All members sign the same agreement to cross-license their Linux System patents royalty free in a community which owns over 2.7 million patents & applications. Members also gain access to OIN’s portfolio of 74 IP assets.
Freedom to participate in open source projects and adopt Linux and other open source code has been enabled through broad based participation in the OIN cross-license, which has become a litmus test for authenticity in the open source community. Joining the OIN community demonstrates an explicit recognition among signatories of a commitment to open source technologies and the set of norms required around the appropriate use of patents in an increasingly open source-centric world. Companies that do not sign the OIN license and refuse to participate in this rapidly growing community are explicitly or implicitly reserving the right to use their patents to litigate on core Linux and OSS functionality.
Keith BergeltCEOOpen Invention Network
Although TAIYO YUDEN does not directly incorporate open source software in our products, our customers do, and it is important for us to support open source initiatives that are critical to the continued success of our clients.
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 JiejingHead of Legal DepartmentUNISOC
OIN is an organization which helps protect the Linux ecosystem by building a variety of defenses against patent attacks. By joining, Mozilla receives cross-licenses from other OIN licensees, but more importantly, for the long term, it affords us a chance to work with OIN in reducing IP threats to open source development and innovation.
Harvey AndersonVP & General CounselMozilla
Today, with open source software, we are quickly creating robust and long-lasting solutions for our customers. In addition to the technical implementation, we also take care that our customers do not worry about potential license violations.
Andreas PfeifferHead of Customer Advice and MarketingGinzinger
We view OIN as one of the key methods through which open source leaders and innovators can deter patent aggression. We are committed to freedom of action in open source, and have noted OIN’s efforts to actively defend and enable the Linux ecosystem.
At Rakuten, our businesses continue to evolve as we address new market opportunities. Because of this, we are a user and strong advocate of open source software. We are building the first 100% fully virtualized mobile network, enabling us to scale rapidly and offer the best Quality-of-Service (QoS) available. By joining OIN, we are demonstrating our commitment to Open Source Software (OSS) and supporting it with a pledge of patent non-aggression.
Tareq AminCAO, Group Executive Vice PresidentRakuten, Inc.
The Mercari Group’s systems are supported by a variety of open source software. As a beneficiary of the enormous contributions made by the open source software community, we believe making a contribution to innovation in the world by publishing technology accumulated through the development and operation of our services, such as Mercari and Merpay, as open source is the right choice. Hence, the Mercari Group endorses the activities of OIN which protects innovations with open source from patent risks.
Embecosm has joined OIN, an industry consortium with an ever-growing patent pool that facilitates cross-licensing, for mutual defense against those who would use patents against the Linux ecosystem. All members are protected, even companies like Embecosm which bring no patents to the table. I don’t like the world we are in, but at least Embecosm is now in a stronger position to protect free software.
Jeremy BennettFounder and Chief ExecutiveEmbecosm
The OpenWrt developers believe that openness and collaboration across domains is the groundwork which nurtures Linux development. The new partnership with Open Invention Network will be one of the building blocks pushing OpenWrt forward and advance Linux innovation in general.
Gregers PetersenRelationship Manager and DeveloperOpenWrt