Open Invention Network Announces Continued Expansion Of Its Open Source Patent Non-Aggression Zone

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  • Open Invention Network periodically revises its Linux System coverage to include core code drawn from the increasing number of important open source projects
  • In total, the expansion includes 520 new software components

Open Invention Network (OIN) has announced that it has further reduced patent risk associated with core Linux and adjacent open source code through the measured expansion of the scope of its Linux System Definition. Open Invention Network periodically revises its Linux System coverage to include core code drawn from the increasing number of important open source projects

Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network said, “Linux and open source software proliferation accelerates the pace of innovation across industries as software becomes an increasingly important source of differentiation. This Linux System expansion enables OIN to keep pace with open source innovation, promoting patent non-aggression in the core. As open source grows, we will continue the measured expansion of the Linux System and, at the same time, recruit more companies into the OIN community to further mitigate patent risk associated with the use of core open source code.”

Patent risk mitigation

In the current Linux System definition update, OIN’s expanding licensee community will benefit from patent risk mitigation associated with the use of core software packages drawn from Hyperledger, Apache Avro, Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Robot Operating System (ROS), KDE Frameworks, Android AOSP 10, Eclipse Paho and Mosquito among others. OIN also said that it is incorporating the Linux implementations of exFAT into the scope of patent non-aggression by virtue of this update. In total, the expansion includes 520 new software components. This brings the total number of Linux System-protected packages to 3,393.

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