OIN is a defensive patent pool and community of patent non-aggression which enables freedom of action in Linux. Learn about OIN’s mission, team, supporters, and more.
Over 2,000 organizations have joined OIN. In support of patent non-aggression. For free access to OIN’s patents. And to gain royalty free access to Linux System patents of other OIN participants.
Our License Agreement
Available to all parties, a completed OIN license agreement provides entry to the OIN community and its benefits. Review the agreement, learn more, and sign up online.
OIN Linux System
The Linux System is the set of technologies in which OIN participants agree to cross-license patents to another. A shared zone of patent non-aggression to promote collaboration.
OIN enables freedom of action in open source and Linux, which have been great sources of innovation. Find press releases, coverage, FAQs, resources and more here.
OIN supports complementary community initiatives that are good for our community and open source software.
October 24, 2018
What's the deal with Microsoft's open-source friendly patents?
October 14, 2018
Linux Journal interview with Erich Andersen of Microsoft and Keith Bergelt of OIN, who dive into why Microsoft joined OIN.
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