Oracle Joins Linux Patent Commons
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 memberswhich currently include IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sonyagree 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.
"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.
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