Google Joins Open Invention Network

Lora Bentley

The Open Invention Network can now count Google among its members. Portal IT quotes an August 6 blog post from Google's open source programs manager, Chris DiBona:

Ever since Google got its start, Linux has given us the power and flexibility we need to serve millions of users around the world.


In turn, we feel a strong responsibility to the Linux community, and we're always looking for creative ways to put our resources in the hands of Linux developers. That's why today we became a licensee of the Open Invention Network (OIN).

OIN is an intellectual property company spearheaded by IBM, Red Hat and others whose goal is to promote and defend Linux with its patent-sharing program. Here's how it works, according to OIN:

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux system.

Of the seven member companies, Google is significant because it is the first end-user licensee.

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