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Open Invention Network Announces Continued Strength in Licensing Program in Second Quarter

36 New Licensees Join OIN Community in Support of Linux

Durham, NC (July 27, 2010) - OIN today announced a significant increase in the size of the OIN community of licensees during its most recent fiscal quarter as licensees continue to benefit from the value of OIN association and the freedom of action enabled by OIN's licensing program. During the second quarter of 2010, OIN signed 36 new licensees and announced the recruitment of Canonical as its first associate member. OIN experienced 35% growth in its community of licensees during the second quarter, so that the community currently numbers 140 open source supporters. OIN licensees, which include founding members and associate members, benefit from leverage against patent aggression and access to enabling technologies through OIN's and shared intellectual property resources.

"We are pleased with the growing and positive community energy towards OIN's licensing program," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "We see each organization's license as an act that demonstrates leadership and a commitment to unity that will help to enable and protect Linux as it relates to IP rights. This will be beneficial in enabling Linux, ensuring freedom of action, and eliminating interference from those whose behaviors are antagonistic to Linux and whose business models are antithetical to true innovation."

During the second quarter of 2010, the list of new OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux and freedom of action included the following:

    • Accelera Networks
    • Bram Moolenaar (VIM, A-A-P, Zimbu)
    • Creative Spaces
    • Cutter Project Limited
    • FD0 Beheer BV, PatriotSoft BV
    • Fixstars Corporation (Yellow Dog Linux)
    • ForgeRock AS
    • Free Software Initiative Japan
    • Greenbone Networks
    • Grusha Linux
    • JULinux
    • Kernel Concepts GbR
    • Kokusaika JP
    • Leeenux
    • Linux Console
    • Linux Shark
    • Linux Support LLC
    • Miracle Linux
    • Netgear, Inc.
    • New Media-NET GmbH
    • NHN Corporation
    • OETIKER+PARTNER AG
    • Openmamba
    • OSS Tech
    • Plamo Linux
    • PowerCraft Technology
    • Salix OS
    • Simple Linux
    • Simplicity Linux
    • Squirrel Consultancy
    • SRA OSS
    • The Open Learning Centre (Bell Lord Ltd.)
    • Turbolinux
    • Twisted Lincoln, Inc.
    • VESTA Linux
    • Vine Caves, Ltd (Vine Linux)
    • Vinux
    • Virtual Distro Dispatcher

    Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.

    This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital investments in Linux – helping to fuel economic growth. By broadly licensing its rapidly expanding patent portfolio OIN is disseminating protections across the Linux community and promoting an active dialogue among entities committed to freedom of action in Linux.   The web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license OIN’s patent portfolio acknowledge and affirm OIN’s commitment to enable Linux and address the ongoing threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for innovation. 

    OIN has amassed a broad portfolio of patents, including patents held by nominees on its behalf.  These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux.  The Open Invention Network license can be found at http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.

    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 has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com.

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    Media-Only Contact:

    For Open Invention Network:
    Ed Schauweker
    Ketchum for Open Invention Network
    ed.schauweker@ketchum.com
    703-963-5238