Open Invention Network (OIN)

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ForgeRock Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee

Press Release | ForgeRock, Open Invention Network | August 10, 2012

Open Invention Network (OIN) today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of ForgeRock as a licensee. Read More »

Google to co-head 'open source' patent defense alliance

Roger Parloff | CNN Money | December 18, 2013

The Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of major technology companies formed in 2005 to minimize patent-aggression against free and open-source software projects Read More »

Google, Business, And Open-Source Patent Protection

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | March 29, 2013

Google has just pledged that it won't sue other companies over open-source patents if they don't sue Google first, but this is actually a long established policy. Now if it could only stop the patent wars. Read More »

Open Invention Network Announces Expansion of its Patent Non-Aggression Coverage

Press Release | Open Invention Network | May 4, 2017

Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, with well over 2000 organization members, announced today that it has expanded its patent non-aggression coverage through an update to its definition of the Linux System. The expansion focuses on core open source system and middleware level packages, including software packages that support the growing use of Linux in industries that include finance (e.g., blockchain), automotive, telecommunications and the internet-of-things (IoT). The expansion is part of Open Invention Network's program to regularly revise its Linux System coverage to keep pace with innovation...

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Open Invention Network Surpasses 3,000 Members

Press Release | Open Invention Network | June 18, 2019

Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that more than 3,000 organizations have joined its community and granted the OIN license to fellow members. To put this milestone into perspective, in only two years, OIN has increased the size of its community by 50 percent. This indicates the growing importance of open source software (OSS) and is an acknowledgment that patent non-aggression is a vital tenet of the open source community.

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Open source protection against software patents

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | November 8, 2013

Software patents continue to drag down competition and innovation. The Open Invention Network (OIN), a novel patent pool fighting for rather than against open source, plays an important role in these defenses. Read More »

Patent Trolls Are Starting To Get Trampled

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | September 24, 2014

The Open Invention Network now has over a thousand licensees and the court cases are starting to go against the patent trolls...

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Seeking Prior Art Where It Most Often Is Found In Software

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Radar | August 28, 2012

Open Invention Network plans to mine open source projects for patent busters Read More »

Verizon Jumps Deeper Into Open Source

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | March 26, 2014

First, on March 25th, Verizon joined the Open Invention Network (OIN). The OIN is a patent protection consortium that promotes patent collaboration between its members and it uses its patent portfolio to protect Linux from patents attacks.

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Why Software Patents Are Evil

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | March 16, 2012

Mark Cuban is no fool. A tech billionaire, the no-nonsense owner of the Dallas Mavericks is just the sort of person you'd expect to value software patents. So the title of his blog post this Tuesday, "I hope Yahoo crushes Facebook in its patent suit," may not look out of place to you... Read More »

‚ÄčOpen Invention Network Expands Open-Source Patent Protection Beyond Linux

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZD Net | May 9, 2017

Today, everyone and their uncle -- yes, even Microsoft-- use Linux and open-source. A decade ago, Linux was under attack by SCO for imaginary copyright violations, and then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was claiming that Linux violated more than 200 of Microsoft's patents. So Open Invention Network (OIN) patent consortium was formed to defend Linux against intellectual property (IP) attacks. The stakes may not be so high today, but Linux and open-source software is still under attack from patent trolls and other attackers...

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