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OIN Licensing Momentum Continues in Second Quarter of 2011 Driven by Success with Linux Users

35 New Licensees Join OIN Community in Support of Linux

Durham, NC (August 10, 2011) - Open Invention Network (OIN) announced today a significant increase in the size of its community of licensees during its most recent fiscal quarter. During the second quarter of 2011, OIN had 35 new companies join its community of licensees, so that the community currently numbers over 360 corporate supporters. OIN licensees, which include founding members and associate members, benefit from leverage against patent aggression and access to enabling technologies through OIN's shared intellectual property resources.

"OIN has successfully added to our community with leading companies that are Linux users," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "During the second quarter, OIN licensees included Cisco, Twitter, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, among others. We are committed to growing our community with open source software developers and vendors as well as Linux users of all types."

During the second quarter of 2011, the list of new corporate OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux and freedom of action included the following:

1. 0 Linux
2. CentOS
3. Cisco Systems, Inc.
4. Data-Warehouse GmbH
5. Diaspora
6. Everyleaf Corporation
8. Fujitsu Limited
9. GoAutoDial Inc.
10. Golden Delicious Computers
11. IGNIS Innovation Inc.
12. Invisible Things Lab
13. iWay Vietnam
14. KeeP Desenvolvimento e Tecnologia Ltda
15. Lincomp
16. Linux Done Right (LDR)
17. Liquid Lemur Linux
18. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
19. NixOS
20. Occasus, Inc.
21. pQui Linux
22. Puppet Labs
23. Runtu
24. Saline OS
25. Stargate Films, Inc.
26. StormOS
27. sysmocom
28. Tjaldur Software Governance Solutions
29. TRIsoft - Fischer & Stephan OHG
30. Twitter, Inc.
31. T Software
32. Univention GmbH
33. WaffleLabs (EasyPeasy)
34. Wolfer Linux
35. Zorin OS

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. Its license agreement can be found at

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


Open Invention Network, the Open Invention Network logo, Linux Defenders, Linux Defenders 911 and the Linux Defenders 911 logo are the property of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other names and brand marks are the property of their respective holders.

Media-Only Contacts:
Ed Schauweker
Ketchum for Open Invention Network