Software Patents: OIN Licensing Program Grows Recognition

Open Invention Network, the intellectual property company aimed at protecting an ecosystem around Linux, announced an increase in licensing program in 2010 first quarter. Among new licensees, also the French open source vendor Ulteo, one of the five winners of the OWF Open Innovation Awards.

Gaël Duval, Ulteo co-founder, commenting the decision to become a licensee said:

We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source innovators can deter patent aggression. We are committed to freedom of action in Linux, and in taking a license we help to address the threat from companies that support proprietary platforms to the exclusion of open source initiatives, and whose behaviors reflect a disdain for inventiveness and collaboration.

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