January 25, 2015 9:41 PM ET


Company Overview of Open Invention Network LLC

Company Overview

Open Invention Network LLC operates as an intellectual property company. The company enables innovation in open source and a 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. The company enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers, and users. It ensures individual programmers, independent software vendors, distributors, and businesses have open access to intellectual property related to the Linux System. Open Invention Network LLC was founded in 2005 ...

4819 Emperor Boulevard

Research Triangle Park Center

Suite 400

Durham, NC 27703

United States

Founded in 2005





Key Executives for Open Invention Network LLC

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Communications
Chief Technology Officer
Director of Linux System Definition
Director of Linux Defenders
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Open Invention Network LLC Key Developments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc Joins Open Invention Network as a Licensee

Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that Wolfson Microelectronics plc has joined OIN as a licensee. In doing so, Wolfson, is demonstrating its commitment to intellectual property (IP) non-aggression in Linux. Linux is a core technology within a number of Wolfson parts including ALSA system-on-a-chip (ASoC), a subsystem that provides a framework for audio in embedded systems running Linux and TinyHAL, which supports Android's audio Hardware Abstract Layer. Additionally, Wolfson has created a number of key audio, touchscreen and power management drivers that are part of the Linux Kernel.

Open Invention Network Extends Linux-Protective Network to Cover OpenStack Technologies

Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that it has extended its Linux-protective network to include OpenStack and other cloud computing technologies. Specifically, it significantly expanded the technologies covered by OIN's network of royalty-free cross-licenses and by its defensive patent portfolio. This expansion will beneficially broaden OIN's patent cross-license coverage, further encourage OIN's over 700 community members to share Linux-related technologies and offer an incentive for Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users to continue to collaborate around and invest in Linux. Linux software has become so pervasive that it now powers many every day activities, from making a phone call or credit card purchase to using cloud-based services such as Facebook and Twitter.

Open Invention Network, LLC Adds 3 New Linux System Software Packages

Open Invention Network, LLC (OIN) reported that it has furthered its mission to enable and protect Linux by expanding the Linux System technologies covered by its protective network of royalty-free cross-licenses and by its defensive patent portfolio to include nearly three hundred new Linux software packages. According to the Company, these additions contain a number of packages from notable technologies and projects such as Python (e.g., Django, PyPy, and Twisted), MongoDB, OpenStack, Ruby, and webOS. This new coverage builds upon the two updates to OIN's Linux System definition in 2012, during which OIN added more than 700 new software packages to its Linux System.

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