Phoenix International Communications joins Open Innovation Network (OIN)

Submitted by Daniel Giovannetti on

Open webOS is the gem we are building a setting for, and its protection is our highest concern.

For this reason, we are happy to announce that PIC has joined Open Invention Network as a licensee. OIN is an organization which helps protect the Linux ecosystem by building a variety of defenses against patent attacks. These defenses include both traditional mechanisms, like defensive patent pools, and more innovative approaches, like the Linux Defenders project, which uses a variety of methods to proactively prevent the publication of particularly egregarious patents. As a licensee, we will have access to OIN resources in case we are threatened by operating entities with patents, and over time we will likely become more involved in providing our own ideas and resources to OIN projects.

Mobile Linux creates great opportunity for innovators given market trends in mobile devices, but also because mobile Linux acts to further stimulate an open source approach as a modality for innovation,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network.  “As a company that is promoting a Linux-based mobile technology, we are pleased that PIC sees the value of OIN’s license and its defensive publication efforts via the Linux Defenders program.”

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. By joining, PIC receives cross-licenses from other OIN licensees, but more importantly, for the long term, it affords us a chance to work with OIN in reducing IP threats to open source development and innovation. This may include a defensive publications program that would make it harder for others to patent work created by Phoenix contributors, sharing defensive tactics, and cooperation to minimize patent threats.

We would also like to congratulate OIN on their announcement that the licensee community has broken 500 contributors.

About Open Invention Network Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users. Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, visit