Oracle Joins Linux Patent Commons

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-03-27 Print this article Print

Oracle is joining Novell, IBM, Red Hat and others in protecting Linux from patent threats. (Linux-Watch)

On March 27, Oracle and the OIN (Open Invention Network) will announce that Oracle will become an OIN licensee. By doing this, Oracle opens the doors to making some of its patents available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux.
OIN members—which currently include IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony—agree to assign software patents that might affect Linux to the OIN. These patents can then be used by anyone in Linux without having to pay any royalty fees or having to worry about future law suits.
Click here to read about the Linux communitys reaction to Oracles Unbreakable Linux move. "We are very pleased to have Oracle become a licensee of Open Invention Networks patents," Jerry Rosenthal, OINs CEO and former vice president of IBMs intellectual property and licensing business, said in a statement. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Oracle Joins Linux Patent Commons Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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