In today’s digital age, engineering life cycles, business models, distribution channels and services have dramatically changed.
“Innovation is driven by open source software,” wrote Christof Ebert, Managing Director of Vector Consulting Services for The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Computer Society Magazine. “Today, we rarely see traditional software development, where one company designs and builds an application, or product from scratch and then integrates and evolves it within a defined market. That’s no longer a healthy business case. Companies are moving to the applications and service level, increasingly relying on reused, externally available components.”
Industrial companies — realizing global competition is fierce and Open Source Software (OSS) is the emerging business model — are increasingly becoming advocates of open source technology and innovation. It’s why over 40 businesses, including such reputable firms as Johnson Controls and Caterpillar, are members of Open Invention Network.
Japanese-Multinational Corporation Joins OIN
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Komatsu Ltd., is the world’s second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction, mining, forestry, military and industrial equipment — including press machines, lasers and thermoelectric-generators only after Caterpillar. However, Komatsu has a larger market share compared to Caterpillar in Japan and China. Worldwide, the Komatsu Group consists of Komatsu Ltd. and 266 additional companies, along with manufacturing operations in Japan, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Komatsu is dedicated to creating driven partnerships, promoting caring collaboration and encouraging forward-thinking. The global company has joined our community, not only because of goal alignment, but also to publicly show their commitment to further collective intelligence, open source an innovation. Established in 1921, the company will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2021.
Flex Joins OIN to Leverage the Collective Intelligence Of Worldwide, Open Source Developers
As the fields of autonomous vehicles, 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), medical and datacenter technologies rapidly advance, there continues to be a growing need for companies to embrace the many benefits of shared innovation.
“Flex is proud to join OIN and help further the goals of the open source community,” said John Ritsick, Vice President of Legal and Chief Intellectual Property Officer for Flex. “In our position spanning many industries, we are sensitive to the negative impact that the aggressive assertion of patents can have on innovation, and how excessive lawsuits can significantly dampen opportunities for collaboration, especially within the open source community. We are pleased to be an active participant in the effort to protect Linux and related open source technologies from the risk of patent litigation.”
Printing Industry Leader Heidelberg Demonstrates its Support of the Digital Future
Heidelberger Drucksmachinen (Heidelberg) — a driving force of digital transformation in the printing industry which uses open source in its software and document management solutions — joined the Open Invention Network community.
Caterpillar, An Innovator Since 1886, Ensures Proper Management of Its Intellectual Property And Joins Open Invention Network
Caterpillar Inc. has joined Open Invention Network to protect its patents. The global enterprise has 736 pending U.S. applications, 4,857 issued U.S. patents, 3,278 pending foreign applications and 3,150 issued foreign patents.
Caterpillar — the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives — is an American Fortune 100 corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers through a worldwide dealer network. It is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer and was ranked #65 on the Fortune 500 list and #238 on the Global Fortune 500 list in 2018.
Keep the IoT Free – Patent Battles Not Welcome
As the next wave of the Internet evolves, the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform industries and provide fresh opportunities for technological advances. In fact, Gartner estimates there will be 20.4 billion IoT-connected components worldwide by 2020, and more than 50% of major new business systems will include an IoT element.
Open Invention Network Announces New Members
Since it launched in 2005 with strong industry support and financial backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, Open Invention Network (OIN) continues growing at a fast pace. This year, 471 companies became licensees, expanding the community of companies covered under OIN’s royalty-free license. This represents a 20% growth over last year. Fourth quarter of 2018 has been the busiest quarter since Open Invention Network was established with 218 new licensees, eclipsing the record of 210 new licensees in second quarter of 2015.