Open Invention Network announced a significant increase in the number of new licensees in its most recent fiscal quarter.
During the first quarter of 2010, OIN signed 40 new licensees. OIN licensees benefit from access to OIN and shared intellectual property resources that may be employed to deter patent aggression against open source users and community members.
"We are pleased to welcome all of our new licensees to the OIN community," stated Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "We applaud each organization's foresight in taking this step, and look forward to bringing an increasing number of companies, of various sizes, into the OIN licensee community in the coming months. As open source and Linux become increasingly prevalent, unity and a singular purpose will be beneficial in ensuring freedom of action and eliminating interference from those whose behaviors are antagonistic to Linux and whose business models are antithetical to true innovation."
Some of the organizations in the list of new OIN licensees affirming their support for Linux are Accudata (News - Alert), Inc., Asturix, GeeXbox , ICTivity, Kwort, Linpus, Osnofian Linux, StartCom, Summit Business Associates, USU, ZevenOS, and more.
Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth.
The web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license OIN' s patent portfolio acknowledge and affirm OIN' s commitment to address and neutralize the ongoing threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for innovation.
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Edited by Marisa Torrieri