Durham, NC (December 17, 2015) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that Indiegogo has joined OIN as a licensee. Built primarily on open source technology, Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding website that was one of the first sites to offer crowdfunding. Indiegogo’s participation in OIN aligns it with another organization that seeks to empower innovators by sharing with and drawing upon the resources of a distributed global network.

“We are pleased that Indiegogo has joined the OIN community,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “Indiegogo is working to ensure that entrepreneurs have access to sufficient capital to be freed to focus on innovating, similar to how OIN addresses key patent issues and facilitates software developer, vendor, and user innovation.”

“Indiegogo has democratized the way new ideas are discovered and funded, by enabling entrepreneurial projects to move quickly from concept to market,” said Eric Schell, Co-founder of Indiegogo. “In alignment with our mission, we are excited to back open source software as a key driver for the democratization of innovation. By joining OIN, we are showing our support for Linux and open source software, and we would encourage those that are like-minded to also join OIN’s community.”

OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing 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 signed online at www.j-oin.com.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo is the place for entrepreneurial projects to move quickly from concept to market, amplified by a community of backers who believe the world benefits when every idea gets an equal shot at success. Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the world’s first crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project –creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit Indiegogo.com and follow us at Twitter.com/indiegogo and Facebook.com/indiegogo.


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 1,800 OIN community members and owns more than 1,000 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-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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