Durham, NC (October 16, 2013) – Open Invention Network (OIN), a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux, announced today that it has surpassed the milestone of 600 members in its patent non-aggression community.

“Since our formation, in addition to dramatically growing the number of participants in the OIN community, we have thoughtfully expanded the scope of our Linux System definition and developed important programs like Linux Defenders,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We will continue to improve as we fulfill our mission of providing Linux and open source developers, distributors and users the freedom to innovate and operate.”

As a service improvement for prospective OIN community members, OIN recently added an electronic signature service that allows for an authorized officer to review the OIN license agreement and sign it online.  For those that are interested in joining the OIN community, please visit OIN’s electronic signature service at http://licenses.openinventionnetwork.com/.

Open Invention Network’s value as a driver of patent non-aggression is demonstrated by its ever growing community – from technology industry stalwarts like Juniper Networks, LG, Cisco and Google, to social media companies like Wikimedia and Twitter to cloud computing vendors such as MariaDB, Salesforce.com and Rackspace. OIN’s intellectual property encompasses areas that include big data and analytics, cloud computing, smart mobile devices and mobile broadband, Software-Defined Networking, and social networking, among many others.

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are licensed royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. The Open Invention Network license can be reviewed and signed online at http://licenses.openinventionnetwork.com/.

About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.

Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing.  It was launched in 2005, and its investors include IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.  OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical and Google. For more information, visit http://www.openinventionnetwork.com.


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