Open source software development has been one of the greatest sources of innovation. It has reduced costs, improved functionality and spurred new industries. In particular, the Linux community has been able to make tremendous strides in improving the customer experience because developers can take what has been written and build on it – without having to develop the same base of software code building-blocks from scratch.
In order to continue this rapid pace of innovation, a refined model of intellectual property management has been established. Open Invention Network® is an intellectual property company that was formed to promote the Linux system by using patents to create a collaborative ecosystem.