Funded by Google, IBM / Red Hat, NEC, Philips, Sony and Toyota, Open Invention Network was created to safeguard Linux from organizations looking to hinder open source growth and adoption through patent activities. Today, more than 3,600 business – developers, distributors and users – have joined OIN’s community.
The glue of the OIN community is a powerful cross license that shields strategic, foundation-level software components from being leveraged against fellow participants. In fact, Open Invention Network is the largest patent non-aggression community and its cross license is the largest multilateral cross license in history.
As the code base and capabilities of Linux and other OSS projects have expanded, so has the amount of key software components that need to be protected. Every 18-24 months, to keep pace with innovation, Open Invention Network revises and expands its Linux System coverage.
Today, OIN announced an expansion of the software packages and libraries protected under the Open Invention Network cross license.
“Linux and open source collaboration continue to thrive as they accelerate the pace of transformation across a spectrum of industries. With this update, we have addressed expansion in key software platforms and projects. Additionally, we have added protection for strategic packages that enable hardware design and embedded applications,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN. “This Linux System definition update enables OIN to keep pace with open source innovation, promoting patent non-aggression in the core. As open source grows, we will continue to protect it through deliberate software package additions to the Linux System.”
This update focuses on .Net, AI/ML, embedded systems libraries and container management, among other categories. Specifically, software packages, or components, being added to the Linux System include .Net, ONNX, tvm, Prometheus, Helm, Notary, Istio, Nix, OpenEmbedded, CoreOS, uClibc-ng, mbed-tls, musl, SPDX, AGL Services, OVN, FuseSoc, Verilator, Flutter, Jasmine, Weex, NodeRED, Eclipse Paho, Californium, Cyclone and Wakaama, among others. The expansion includes 337 new software components, bringing the total number of protected packages to 3,730.