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Open Invention Network Founded


November 10, 2005 9:11 am





Novell is one of the backers of a new company launched today, Open Invention Network, that is being formed to help drive advancement of applications for, and components of, Linux. Open Invention Network will do this by buying patents that can help Linux developers. Patents owned by Open Invention Network will be available on a royalty-free basis to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux operating system or certain Linux-related applications. The others backers of this are IBM, Sony, Philips and Red Hat. Among OIN’s initial patent holdings is a set of business-to-business electronic commerce patents that were purchased from Commerce One by JGR, a subsidiary of Novell, earlier this year. We think the creation of OIN is an important step forward for Linux. You can read the OIN press release here.

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  1. Open Invitation Network
    This hit the wires this morning – the Open Invitation Network – Novell, Red Hat, Philips, Sony and IBM are funding this initiative.
    From the website:

    Open Invention Network (OIN), a company that has and will acquire patents and offer them royalty-f…