The Open Invention Network put out an announcement today that Oracle has become a new licensee. Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company that was formed in 2005 to promote Linux by using patents to create a collaborative environment. Open Invention Network acquires patents and makes them available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. Since its formation, OIN has accumulated over 100 strategic patents. Novell was one of the founding members of OIN, along with IBM, Philips, Sony and Red Hat. Novell was a leader in early support for OIN, purchasing the CommerceOne patents for $15.5 million in December 2004 and making them available under the OIN when the organization launched.
Oracle’s joining of OIN is nice validation of the approach taken by OIN. More information on OIN is available here.