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01 |INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
OIN Whitepaper: Blockchain Technology & Its Potential Global Impact
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) – better known by many as a Blockchain – is being examined by many organizations, and rapidly integrated by a growing number. In this whitepaper we look at the different ways several of OIN’s enterprise members are integrating blockchain in their global and everyday operations, consumer products and customer services. We also examine how they are influencing the industry and contributing to future applications. Learn More [+]
Defining Future Power Grids with Open Source Software
Software-defined infrastructure is a reality and if the Linux Foundation’s power initiativeLF Energysucceeds the next-generation power grid will be based on Open Source.EE Times covers the story [+]
Google Releases New Open Source Security Software Program: Scorecard
According to the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) 2021 “Open Source Security and Risk Analysis” (OSSRA) report, 95% of all commercial programs include Open Source Software (OSS). How can you determine its safety? Google and the Open Source Security Foundation (OSSF) have an answer with the OpenSSF Security Scorecard.Learn more from Texas News Today [+]
USPTO Guidance on Indefiniteness
The U.S Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) guidance on indefiniteness in the America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings (such as inter partes reviews) clarifies the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will use the same indefiniteness standard as the courts. Here’s a deep dive from CTC Legal Media [+]
The State of Open Source:
A One-on-One Interview with OIN CEO Keith Bergelt
Tech Company Newsinterviews Keith Bergelt,about the state of Open Source, the expansion of OIN's cross-license, the importance of Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) risk mitigation offered for free through OIN, and how different industries such as energy, utilities, and financial services are not only adopting Open Source but realizing the value OIN membership provides by reducing patent threats.
02 |MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
Meet our Newest Member — ByteDance
The breaking news that ByteDance has joined OIN and that Open Source is a part of TikTok’s success garnered multiple headlines from OpenSourceForU, AiThority, Tech Company News, The Patent Lawyer and ZDNet. While the company owns the short video content market, it might not have gone anywhere without Linux and Open Source Software (OSS). ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, knows this. Read More >
Estée Lauder Joins OIN
Mrs. Estée Lauderdeveloped her all-purpose skin cream 75 years ago. Today, the 3rd generation, family-owned business is the 1st beauty retailer to publicly express its commitment to Open Source & Patent Non-Aggression by joining our community!
New Open Source Projects
According toTech Radar, 3 of the world’s largest tech companies — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — are ramping up their Open Source projects. Google is a funding member of OIN, and Microsoft joined our community in 2018.
finds 82% of IT business leaders praised the growing merits of Open Source Software. SUSE has also launched a new campaign asking worldwide business leaders to “Choose Open.”
IBM Open Sources Kestrel for Threat Hunting
With a new focus on Open Source & cybersecurity, “Big Blue” makes a move that represents a major milestone in the Open Cybersecurity Alliance’s (OCA) mission to drive greater interoperability across the security industry. SDX Central unveils the story.
Behind the Scenes Capital Goods Businesses are Critical to Supply Chains
According to CSI Market, the Capital Goods business sector is experiencing above average revenue growth of 23% year-over-year as of the 2nd quarter of 2021. This is evidence that some companies have navigated the Covid-19 pandemic, which has tested both business resilience and supply chains. The construction industry is booming with revenue up by 31%. This is increasing the demand on industrial machinery and components, which shows revenue growth of 33%, with the miscellaneous manufacturing industry up 43%.
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) reports businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are expected to spend more than $1.8 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investments — including software — this year. Not surprisingly, capital goods are one of the 4 leading economic factors.
Creating value through manufacturing and technology innovation, OIN members are realizing global competition is fierce and Open Source Software (OSS) is the de-facto business model. As a result, industrial companies are increasingly becoming advocates of Open Source technology and innovation. It’s why nearly 50 capital goods firms are OIN members. OIN members such as Caterpillar, CNH Industrial and Komatsu supply machinery for the construction industry. Other manufacturers and OIN members, including ASSA ABLOY & Lixil are making products such as locks, doors, gates, mobile and bio-metric identity verification systems and smart bathroom and kitchen products. OIN member company Ebara contributes to the supply chain by designing the operation of infrastructure and industrial machinery. Open Source is behind many of these companies’ products and operations.
06 |UPCOMING EVENTS
Registration is open for the following events:
$99 U.S. Early Bird Special through August 31st forAll Things Open 2021!Catch our CEO, Keith Bergelt, in the keynote speaker lineup. The event takes place Oct. 18-19th and will be a hybrid in-person & virtual event in Raleigh, NC.
The FINOS Open Source Strategy Forum is back & OIN is proudly sponsoring the events. Save the date for the in-person event for London: October 4-5th and register now for the NYC conference November 9-10th. Our CEO, Keith Bergelt, will provide introductory remarks at the dinner reception on November 9th. Learn More!
The Open Source Summit Japan+ Automotive Linux Summit 2021 and Open Compliance Summit 2021, will be held virtually, December 14th-16th.
07 |MEET THE TEAM
Raffi Gostanian Jr. Chief Patent Officer
An energetic, humorous and father of two, Raffi has dedicated his career to helping companies shape and implement their Intellectual Property (IP) strategies.
“Freedom of choice is paramount,” he says. “Many companies use a combination of Open Source and proprietary software, and they should have that choice. Knocking down risks and barriers around Open Source gives companies that freedom to choose.”
A native New Yorker, he left the city and headed to Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and simultaneously received 2 master’s degrees — an MBA and a master’s in Telecommunications Systems — while working full-time as a Software Developer at Bell Northern Research (the R&D arm of Nortel Networks). He has been registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for nearly 25 years, during which he has prepared and prosecuted over 1,500 patent applications. He’s been in Texas ever since and lives in Allen, just north of Dallas.
Prior to joining OIN 13-years-ago, Raffi worked at IPI with OIN’s current CEO, Keith Bergelt, and CFO, Ed Meintzer, as a Patent Valuation Analyst. When Keith assumed leadership of OIN, bringing Raffi — and Ed — made for a seamless transition in a similar line of work. As the Chief Patent Officer (CPO) of OIN, Raffi oversees the organization’s patent management functions. For the past 2 years, he has been focused on developing defensive patent strategies to neutralize threats. He helps OIN members — and the greater Open Source community — defend themselves from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) and advances OIN’s mission to maintain an Open Source litigation-free zone.
“We do not want any company to worry about adopting Open Source to advance their businesses, so we do everything we can to minimize risks and mitigate litigation to protect our community.”
In addition to OIN, Raffi is the founder and CEO of Proactive Patents that develops software used to formulate data for patent preparation and prosecution services.