Open Invention Network (OIN) has welcomed JVCKENWOOD Corporation, a global manufacturer specializing in electronics and entertainment products, as licensee.
Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy, and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders.
OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.
In doing so, JVCKENWOOD is demonstrating its commitment to Linux and to driving innovation in the sound, imaging, radio communications, navigation and entertainment markets.
"Linux and open source software are tools that promote collaboration and innovation. They have sparked extraordinary new capabilities, which has helped to increase the productivity and enjoyment of users of electronics products," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network, in a statement.
"We are pleased to have JVCKENWOOD join the Open Invention Network community. We applaud JVCKENWOOD's commitment to Linux's openness and furthering its commitment to innovation and intellectual property non-aggression," said Bergelt.
Tetsuro Fuse, vice operating officer of JVCKENWOOD said that Linux can be found in consumer and professional systems in use around the globe.
"We are committed to redesigning the lifestyles of people around the world, by providing them with excitement and peace of mind. One way we create sophisticated products is by using advanced open platforms, and we are committed to ensuring their ongoing development,” said Fuse.
“Joining Open Invention Network is another way we are demonstrating our commitment to open innovation and collaboration," he said.
Earlier in December, Open Invention Network (OIN) had announced that UnitedStack, a OpenStack solutions provider based in Beijing and Santa Clara, has become a licensee.
Participation in the ever growing OIN community is free for any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert patents against the Linux System. Participation in the community includes a free license to OIN's strategic intellectual property portfolio, which includes technologies such as cloud computing, big data and analytics, smart mobile devices and mobile broadband, Software-Defined Networking, and social networking, among many others.