Groklaw: OIN Gets More Patents to Protect Linux Environment
May 23, 2006, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed by IBM,
Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony, unveiled today some of the new
patents it has acquired in order to protect the Linux environment.
The new e-commerce and Internet-related software patents will be
offered royalty-free, along with OIN's existing intellectual
property portfolio, to its licensees.
"Open Invention Network promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem
for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global
marketplace. This helps ensure the continuation of innovation that
has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and