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This Automaker Just Joined IBM and Google as a Patron of Open-Source Software.
Auto-related companies—including, in the past year, Ford, Hyundai/KIA, Beijing-based truck company Beiqi Foton Motor, and semiconductor maker NXP—have also begun to sign up as “licensees” of OIN.
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New Linux Foundation Members Invest in Linux to Advance Embedded Devices, Systems
As consumers and mobile workers have begun to favor seamlessly integrated devices in their day-to-day lives, the use of embedded Linux in a wide variety of technologies has grown immensely.
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Electronic Design Interview: Keith Bergelt Discusses Open Invention Network
Developers have always needed to deal with intellectual property and licensing issues. Open source software is simply an extension of this but it has become more important because of the impact and popularity of platforms like Linux. The Open Invention Network (OIN) is an organization that addresses these issues. I spoke with Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer of OIN, about its mission.
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Electronic Design: How The Changing Legal Landscape Impacts Free And Open Source Software Development
There is a constellation of legal constructs that you may sometimes hear referred to as “intellectual property.” That’s a tricky term because it encourages one to think of these separate types of legal constructs as the same. They aren’t the same. Free and open source software developers used to mainly concern themselves with licenses, license interactions and the resolution of license violations. In recent years, the scope of free and open source legal issues has expanded to include patents and (to a lesser degree) trademarks. Trademark issues rarely stop software from being distributed, so this article will discuss copyright licenses and software patents.
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  • What the industry is saying…

    Linux and open source are critical building blocks in today’s consumer electronics. By joining the Open Invention Network, we are helping ensure the ongoing development of open solutions that directly lead to major innovations in consumer electronics products. We are pleased to be part of the Open Invention Network community.
    Stephen Evans, Wolfson Microelectronics

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