Patent rich leader in power efficient x86 and ARM platforms enhances the OIN community with its pledge of intellectual property non-aggression

Durham, NC (February 25, 2014) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to promote Linux by creating a collaborative environment, announced today that VIA Technologies, Inc has become a licensee. In doing so, VIA, a leading global provider in power efficient x86 and ARM platforms, is demonstrating its commitment to open solutions, and the associated collaboration that helps to fuel innovation in the PC, mobile, cloud, and embedded markets.

“Linux and open source continue to thrive across the technology spectrum and are driving new levels of mobile, networking and computing capabilities,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We are pleased to have VIA join the Open Invention Network. We admire VIA’s commitment to the openness of Linux and promoting innovation and intellectual property non-aggression.”

“Linux, and more broadly open source software, is a foundational technology in the desktop, mobile, networking, cloud and embedded computing environments,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “We are committed to open solutions that promote advances in all of the sectors that depend on advanced x86 and ARM platforms. Joining Open Invention Network is another way we are demonstrating our commitment to open innovation and collaboration.”

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

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 was launched in 2005 and has strong industry support with backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony and SUSE (a business unit of Novell).  For more information, visit


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