Linux patent protection network gets boost from Facebook, HP

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“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

“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

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