OIN believes greater diversity of thought, perspective and talent drives higher levels of innovation. We promote the idea that Open Source technologies provide a new business model which distills collective and global intelligence.
With 3,800+ members from more than 150 countries, we’re the largest patent non-aggression community in history. Together, we support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of Open Source & help members reduce patent risks.
All members sign the same agreement to cross-license their Linux System patents royalty free in a community which owns over 2.8 million patents & applications. Members also gain access to OIN’s portfolio of 74 IP assets.
Today, with open source software, we are quickly creating robust and long-lasting solutions for our customers. In addition to the technical implementation, we also take care that our customers do not worry about potential license violations.
Andreas PfeifferHead of Customer Advice and MarketingGinzinger
We applaud OIN’s efforts to promote patent non-aggression in the cloud by adding the OpenStack packages to its Linux System definition. The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors appreciates that the rapidly-growing OIN community has been, and is now explicitly, supporting freedom of action in the cloud of the future that OpenStack has been formed to enable.
Alan ClarkChairman of the BoardOpenStack Foundation
Embecosm has joined OIN, an industry consortium with an ever-growing patent pool that facilitates cross-licensing, for mutual defense against those who would use patents against the Linux ecosystem. All members are protected, even companies like Embecosm which bring no patents to the table. I don’t like the world we are in, but at least Embecosm is now in a stronger position to protect free software.
Jeremy BennettFounder and Chief ExecutiveEmbecosm
At Rakuten, our businesses continue to evolve as we address new market opportunities. Because of this, we are a user and strong advocate of open source software. We are building the first 100% fully virtualized mobile network, enabling us to scale rapidly and offer the best Quality-of-Service (QoS) available. By joining OIN, we are demonstrating our commitment to Open Source Software (OSS) and supporting it with a pledge of patent non-aggression.
Tareq AminCAO, Group Executive Vice PresidentRakuten, Inc.
The Mercari Group’s systems are supported by a variety of open source software. As a beneficiary of the enormous contributions made by the open source software community, we believe making a contribution to innovation in the world by publishing technology accumulated through the development and operation of our services, such as Mercari and Merpay, as open source is the right choice. Hence, the Mercari Group endorses the activities of OIN which protects innovations with open source from patent risks.
Open source technology enables new levels of innovation and helps to underpin our ongoing growth, as we fuse physical and digital technologies in cyber-physical systems. By joining OIN, we are demonstrating our commitment to contribute to open source technology and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux.
Dr. Shiro SaitoExecutive Officer, Corporate EVP, General Executive for TechnologyToshiba
We view OIN as one of the key methods through which open source leaders and innovators can deter patent aggression. We are committed to freedom of action in open source, and have noted OIN’s efforts to actively defend and enable the Linux ecosystem.
This move (regarding Huawei’s OIN membership demonstrates that joining OIN has become a no-brainer for any product company. Setting aside the patent trolls, who would never have an incentive to join, no one is asserting patents against Linux anymore. Waging a patent war against a popular open-source project like Linux is bad for business. Of course, the OIN definition of Linux is far broader than the kernel. Even so, the OIN pool protects the basic infrastructure of the web, and no serious product company has an interest in disrupting it. That would be like sabotaging the roads we all drive on.
Heather MeekerPartnerO'Melveny & Myers
Since its inception 15 years ago, OIN has provided unprecedented protection to enable the incredible growth and adoption of Linux and other related open source software around the world. As the OIN community has grown to over 3,000 members and the Linux definition has matured, that protection has only grown stronger. IBM and Red Hat have been two of the leading proponents and drivers of Linux and open source software for over 20 years and have been founding members of OIN since its inception. Today, IBM and Red Hat continue to share with OIN a deep and unwavering commitment to scale Linux and open source innovation providing flexibility, choice and leadership for the industry.
Ken KingGeneral ManagerOpenPower at IBM
The OpenWrt developers believe that openness and collaboration across domains is the groundwork which nurtures Linux development. The new partnership with Open Invention Network will be one of the building blocks pushing OpenWrt forward and advance Linux innovation in general.
Gregers PetersenRelationship Manager and DeveloperOpenWrt