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January 07, 2014

Open Invention Includes OpenStack Technologies in its Linux-protective Network

Open Invention Network announced that the company has included OpenStack and similar cloud computing technologies by extending its Linux-protective network offering royalty-free cross-licenses and the company’s defensive patented products. The move is expected to significantly enhance the company’s patent cross-license coverage while also providing Open Invention Network’s 700 community members with a platform to seamlessly share Linux-related technologies to increase collaboration and investment in Linux.

In a release, Keith Bergelt, Chief Executive Officer of Open Invention Network, said “Cloud computing's flexibility and scalability are enabling previously unimagined innovation and value creation. Our objective with this important extension is to support that innovation.”

Open Invention Network provides licenses to its patented technologies free of royalty charges to any organization, institution or individual developer under the clause that these patents should not be asserted against any Linux System. Open Invention Network supports development of Linux technologies by encouraging Linux developers, sellers, value-added resellers, distributors and end-users to focus investments on Linux-based technologies. Linux software has gained increased acceptance for powering up many day-to-day activities such as credit card purchases, making phone calls and using social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter (News - Alert) though cloud-computing technologies.

Speaking of the Open Invention Network’s decision to extend the network, Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board of OpenStack Foundation, said “We applaud OIN's efforts to promote patent non-aggression in the cloud by adding the OpenStack packages to its Linux System definition. The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors appreciates that the rapidly-growing OIN community has been, and is now explicitly, supporting freedom of action in the cloud of the future that OpenStack has been formed to enable.”

Open Invention Network is engaged in developing innovative solutions through open source technologies and Linux ecosystem. The company acquires and licenses patents to support collaborative innovations in Linux technologies and other open-source technologies. Open Invention Network is also actively engaged in protecting the integrity of the Linux ecosystem through its strategic Linux Defenders program. The company has strong backing from the industry leaders such as IBM, Google, Sony, NEC (News - Alert), Red Hat, Philips and SUSE among others.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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