Open Invention Network promotes Linux

Nov 10, 2005

To ensure the continued growth of Linux and related software, IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony today announced a new company, Open Invention Network (OIN). The network plans to acquire patents and license them royalty-free to others who agree to not assert their patents against Linux. The use of open source applications has been growing because they help businesses lower their technology costs and increase their efficiency and flexibility.

Linux is an open-source operating system that has been created communally by developers around the world. The dispersed nature of Linux, however, means there is no single entity to collect patents and make them generally available. Patents encourage businesses to invest and innovate because their creations can be protected.

OIN, believed to be the first company of its kind, is creating a system for managing patents. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available on a royalty-free basis to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against others who have signed a license with OIN, for their use or distribution of Linux-related software.

Open collaboration is viewed by many as critical for driving innovation, which in turn helps fuel global economic growth. The Linux community spurs innovation and saves time when individuals and companies can use existing code and build on it. Also, sharing the workload within the Linux community creates higher-performance software, at a lower cost and with significantly fewer quality issues.

Source: IBM

Explore further: Growing app industry has developers racing to keep up

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Hook Your Car Up to the Internet

Mar 28, 2008

If the thought of a long road trip without full Internet access makes you jittery, a new in-car Internet connection could fulfill your high-speed needs.

Google files patent claim against Microsoft, Nokia (Update)

May 31, 2012

(AP) — Google lashed out at Microsoft and Nokia in a regulatory complaint, accusing them of illegally feeding mobile patents to a technology troll scavenging for billions of dollars in licensing fees that threaten to ...

Microsoft's Patent Threats Evoke Retorts

May 18, 2007

Partly in response to Microsoft's recent patent threats to Linux and other open-source software, the FSF (Free Software Foundation) announced on May 16 the creation of a new activist campaigns team to organize public support ...

Recommended for you

Growing app industry has developers racing to keep up

1 hour ago

Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding ...

Review: With Galaxy S5, Samsung proves less can be more

3 hours ago

Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5S: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Growing app industry has developers racing to keep up

Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding ...

Making graphene in your kitchen

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material—the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.