Microsoft brings 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 11, 2018

Microsoft today announced it is joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), a community of companies whose aim is to shield Linux and other open source software from patent aggressors. We are honored to stand with OIN as an active participant in its program to protect against patent aggression in core Linux and other important OSS technologies.

Microsoft's decision to join the group is yet another sign that the company, which at one point was making more money shaking down Android device makers than from its own mobile strategy, has reversed itself when it comes to open-source technology. This group includes startups, individual developers, and the biggest tech firms in the world. Now, this move should help quell those looking to the company to make good on its claims as an ally to the Linux community. "Through its participation in OIN, Microsoft is explicitly acknowledging the importance of open source software to its future growth", said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. Microsoft will add almost 60,000 patents to OIN, vastly enlarging its existing pool of 1,300 global patents. "We hope this announcement will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to customers and developers", he added.

Now, the company is really putting its money where its mouth is by joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), a group which manages a system of patent cross-licensing created to reduce the risk of open-source projects being shut down by patent infringement claims - with some of said claims having, in the past, come from Microsoft itself. A number of Android vendors, including Samsung, pay the company a royalty on each phone they ship to license patents such as the ones covering the exFAT file system.

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