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Open Invention Network

Enabling freedom of action in open source technologies for the world’s largest patent non-aggression community.

ABOUT:

Established in 2005, Open Invention Network (OIN) is the world’s largest patent non-aggression community and free defensive patent pool.

We remove patent friction in core open source technologies, which drives higher levels of innovation. Open source software distills the collective intelligence of a global community.

MISSION:

We enable freedom of action for Open Invention Network community members and users of Linux/OSS-based technology through our patent non-aggression cross-license in the Linux System, which defines the commitment.

We will continue to grow our worldwide membership and the Linux System over time, thereby strengthening our patent non-aggression coverage through the power of the network effect.

FUNDING MEMBERS:

  • IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony &  SUSE  (2005)
  • Google (2013)
  • Toyota (2016)

GOVERNANCE:

Led by CEO Keith Bergelt, in coordination with OIN’s Board of Directors, who are senior executives from OIN’s Funding Members.

WHAT WE DO:

  • Deliver royalty-free access to the Linux System patents of our community members via cross licensing commitments
  • Manage over 1300 OIN patents and applications, licensed free of charge to all of our members
  • Leverage our relationships to collect and share prior art when needed
  • Challenge patent applications if appropriate
  • Provide collective intelligence from a global community
  • Support our members and those under attack from patent aggressors

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • OIN is approaching 3,000 members from start-ups
    to Fortune 100 corporations
  • Members gain access to a cross-licensee pool of patents – in total, the OIN community owns more than 2 million patents and applications
  • Our patent portfolio includes approximately 1,300 global patents and applications with broad scope
  • We have invested over $100 million in acquiring defensive patents
  • Within the Linux System, we have more than 2,800 open source core Linux technology packages

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

 

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