Patents for the Penguin
IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony have got together to form the Open Invention
Network (OIN) which will acquire patents so as to offer them on a royalty-free
basis to promote Linux.
The network will have patents which will be openly shared in a collaborative
environment. These will be used to facilitate the advancement of applications
for, and the components of, the Linux operating system.
Open collaboration is critical for driving innovation, which fuels global
economic growth. Impediments to collaboration on the Linux operating system
seriously jeopardise innovation. A new model of intellectual property management
for Linux must be established to maintain advances in software innovation regardless
of the size or type of business or organisation, said Jerry Rosenthal,
Chief Executive Officer, OIN.
Patents owned by OIN 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. Among OINs
initial patent holdings is a set of business-to-business electronic commerce
patents purchased from Commerce One by JGR, a subsidiary of Novell.