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Linux patent protection network gets boost from Facebook, HP

Apr 20, 2011, 19:08 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jon Brodkin for this link. ]

"Facebook, HP, Rackspace, Juniper, Fujitsu and dozens of other organizations have joined a group building a defensive patent portfolio to protect Linux-using members from potential lawsuits.

"The Open Invention Network (OIN) -- founded in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Phillips, Red Hat and Sony -- has acquired 300 Linux-related patents and licenses to 2,000 in total in a bid to protect the Linux community from intellectual property lawsuits. The group added 74 new members this year and is giving a leadership role to Google, which is fighting lawsuits targeting Linux-based Android."

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