On a Tour of Indian Tech Companies, OIN Pitches Open Source

Michael Lindenberger

The Open Invention Network is taking its case directly to India, where it says many software makers are uncomfortable with the intricacies of American intellectual property law, reports domain-b.com.


The OIN is a company founded by six American tech firms, including Red Hat and IBM, whose agenda includes increasing the market share of Linux, the free operating system that has slowly grown into a credible, if still comparatively tiny, rival to Microsoft's Windows software.


OIN, which has spent millions of dollars on more than 100 patents and applications, is touring Indian companies and promising them an easier legal environment within which to work should they agree to develop products for Linux. domain-b.com quotes OIN CEO Jerry Rosenthal as saying:

"Because Linux is based on openness and sharing of the software code base, it is ideally suited for Indian software developers, vendors, resellers and customers that want access to powerful IT technology without worrying about IP and patent issues."

OIN makes available the patents it has bought to any company that is willing to agree not to enforce the patents against Linux. Last month, it scored when Oracle signed a licensing agreement that included an implied agreement not to enforce its patents against Linux-related open-source efforts.

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