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Tokyo Electron Device Joins the Open Invention Network Community
Durham, NC (March 7, 2023) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source and now the largest patent non-aggression …
Amazon Joins the Open Invention Network
Durham, NC (December 6, 2022) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source software (OSS) and the largest patent …
U.S. Bank Joins the Open Invention Network
Durham, NC (November 15, 2022) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization formed to safeguard open source software (OSS) and now the largest …
Third Largest Semiconductor Production Equipment Manufacturer Joins OIN
March 7, 2022 — Chips are the beating heart of innovation and governments across the globe are racing to bring semiconductor manufacturing within …
Semiconductors are the Heart of Innovation & Open Source Software has been the Lifeblood
March 7, 2023 — Chips and Open Source are rapidly converging, creating an even deeper level of integration and innovation, as Open Hardware …
Global Chip Pioneer TED Supports Patent Non-Aggression & Believes Open Source Drives Innovation & Productivity
March 7, 2023 — Semiconductor Digest reports Tokyo Electronic Device (TED) joins OIN. “We are incredibly focused on pleasing our customers. One of the …
What Our Members are Saying
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.
Google has been a proud member of OIN since joining the community in 2007. Linux and adjacent open source software power the cloud-based services of today and tomorrow. Throughout, OIN has been there to ensure that open source remains safe for users, consumers, and developers alike to consume and upon which to build.
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.
Freedom to participate in open source projects and adopt Linux and other open source code has been enabled through broad based participation in the OIN cross-license, which has become a litmus test for authenticity in the open source community. Joining the OIN community demonstrates an explicit recognition among signatories of a commitment to open source technologies and the set of norms required around the appropriate use of patents in an increasingly open source-centric world. Companies that do not sign the OIN license and refuse to participate in this rapidly growing community are explicitly or implicitly reserving the right to use their patents to litigate on core Linux and OSS functionality.
OIN protects the open-source community through a patent cross-license for Linux and related open-source technologies. The license is free and available to companies, organizations, and individual developers if they agree not to assert their own patents against Linux.