Open Invention Network Updates its Linux System,
Expands its Patent Non-Aggression Coverage

Durham, NC (April 16, 2015) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that it has updated its Linux System patent non-aggression coverage. This update is part of OIN’s program to regularly update its Linux System coverage to keep pace with innovation.

“This maintains relevance for the Linux System as technology continues to advance, but is responsible in terms of an expansion in scope,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “Linux kernel lines of code have expanded by 6% since OIN’s last update, and we are increasing our coverage by a similar amount in terms of the number of new packages. We believe that organizations that are genuinely committed to Linux and open source will be enthusiastic about this update.”

For this update, 115 new packages will be added to the Linux System, out of almost 800 proposed by various parties. Key additions are the reference implementations of the popular Go and Lua programming languages, Nginx, Openshift, and development tools like CMake and Maven. This update will represent an increase of approximately 5% of the total number of packages covered in the Linux System, a reflection of the incremental and disciplined nature of the update process.

More than 1,300 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 signed online at

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 1,300 OIN community members and owns more than 950 global patents and applications. Member cross-licenses and OIN patent licenses are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community.

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