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, plans to announce today that Google (GOOG) has become its seventh full member. OIN’s charter members are IBM (IBM), Red Hat (RHT), Novell, Sony (SNE), and Philips (PHG). NEC joined in 2006—the last full member addition until today. Though OIN does not disclose the capital contribution it requires of full members, the past S.E.C. filings of others suggest that it must be at least $20 million.