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Nixu Open Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee

Durham, NC and Helsinki, Finland (October 28, 2010) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, has extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Nixu Open as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Nixu Open, the consultancy company in embedded, open-source security, has joined the growing list of companies that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

"Open-source gives organizations and end-users the freedom to choose what is right for them, independent of a specific vendor. Furthermore, the rapidly increasing number of connected smart devices poses new security challenges that can already be addressed by open-source security components," says Michael Przybilski head of Nixu Open. "We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage open source development and foster innovation in a technical community that benefits everyone."

"Given its strength in open-source security solutions, we are pleased to have Nixu Open join OIN as a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By doing so, Nixu Open affirms that it values the openness and collaborative culture of the open source community. We applaud their decision."

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 fosters additional investment in, and adoption of, Linux, which in turn helps to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and open ecosystem for Linux.

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 www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.

About Nixu Open

Nixu Open is part of the open-source community and all its work is freely contributed as open-source. This ensures a continued scrutiny of the work and enables the continuous integration of new developments. Nixu Open, a part of the Nixu group, provides companies and organizations with consultation and support related to software security for embedded systems. Nixu Open helps companies to develop more secure products by integrating and implementing open-source software security components. For more information, visit www.nixuopen.org.

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:
Michael Przybilski
michael.przybilski@nixu.com
+358 45 651 4063

Ed Schauweker
Ketchum for Open Invention Network
ed.schauweker@ketchum.com
+1 703 963 5238