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OIN Gets More Patents to Protect Linux Environment
Tuesday, May 23 2006 @ 10:42 AM EDT

Here's an important development. The Open Invention Network has bought some new patents, with the express purpose of protecting Linux. Here they are:
* No. 5,764,989 - Interactive Software Development System
* No. 5,848,274 - Incremental Byte Code Compilation System
* No. 6,067,413 - Data Representation for Mixed-Language Program Development

Anyone can license them royalty-free, so long as they agree not to assert patents against "the Linux environment." These three are added to the 39 valuable web services patents that OIN got from Commerce One last December, and there are two more patents announced that have issued from that purchase:

* No. 6,993,506 for a "Method and Device Utilizing Polymorphic Date in E-Commerce" and
* No. 7,036,072 for a "Method and Apparatus for Declarative Updating of Self-Describing, Structured Documents."

And, I personally might add that in addition to being available for royalty-free license, these patents are available for a rainy day, should anyone get any funny ideas about using the courts to try to destroy one's main competition with patent infringement lawsuits. Not that anyone would stoop that low, of course. But just saying.

Here's the press release.

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Open Invention Network Acquires New Patents to Protect Linux

E-Commerce and Internet-related Patents Offered Royalty-free to Licensees

New York (May 23, 2006) - 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 investors.

"The new set of patents OIN has obtained is part of our ongoing patent acquisition strategy, and will significantly increase our contribution to protecting the Linux environment," said Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer at Open Invention Network. "We are seeking to acquire intellectual property that will protect the Linux environment today and years into the future. Our licensees benefit because our patents are available on a royalty-free basis to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux environment. Adding new OIN patents and licensees expands the size and strength of the Linux ecosystem."

The added set of OIN patents include:

* No. 5,764,989 - Interactive Software Development System
* No. 5,848,274 - Incremental Byte Code Compilation System
* No. 6,067,413 - Data Representation for Mixed-Language Program Development

Among the company's initial patent holdings is a set of business-to-business electronic commerce patents, once held by Commerce One. OIN is also pleased to announce the issuance of patents No. 6,993,506 for a "Method and Device Utilizing Polymorphic Date in E-Commerce" and No. 7,036,072 for a "Method and Apparatus for Declarative Updating of Self-Describing, Structured Documents." These patents were recently issued from some of the patent applications acquired by OIN as part of the business-to-business electronic commerce patent portfolio once held by Commerce One.

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux environment by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability. It promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005, with significant financial support from IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony. For more information go to www.openinventionnetwork.com.


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