Facebook and HP Join Linux Patent Protection Outfit

Pulkit Chandna

The Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of companies founded in 2005 with the goal of protecting Linux from patent claims, has announced a massive increase in its headcount. During the first quarter, as many as 74 organizations, including such massive names as Facebook and HP, joined OIN as licensees.

OIN acquires Linux-related patents only to license them royalty-free to “any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.”  Overall, OIN now boasts 334 corporate supporters, including IBM (founding member), Google and – surprise, surprise – Oracle.

"Sophisticates within technology companies and the greater open source community have come to recognize the value of joining OIN’s licensee community," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "During the first quarter, OIN welcomed companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Juniper, Fujitsu General, and others. We’ve also successfully licensed a number of the leading Linux distributions in the first quarter.  Finally, we greatly appreciate the large number of activist individuals who signed an OIN license in the quarter."

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