A Distinct Mission: Keeping Open Source Open
Open Invention Network® is a collaborative enterprise
that enables innovation in open source and an
increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux by
acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors
and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem
through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders.
It enables the growth and continuation of open source
software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of
investors, vendors, developers and users.
Open Invention Network (OIN) has considerable
industry backing. It was launched in 2005, and has
received investments from IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips,
Red Hat and Sony.
One of the key methods in which OIN promotes
Linux is by acquiring patents across a wide range
Patents owned by OIN are available royalty-free to any
company, institution or individual that agrees not to
assert its patents against the Linux Community. This
enables companies to continue to make significant
investments in Linux—helping to fuel economic growth.
More than forty-five companies have licensed the OIN
portfolio, including Google and Oracle, among others.
For more information on how to license the OIN
portfolio, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linux Defenders ( www.linuxdefenders.org)
Open Invention Network is seeking creative and energetic individuals
from the Open Source Community to actively contribute to Linux Defenders.
For all inquiries regarding Linux Defenders,
please email email@example.com
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