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13 April 2010, 12:44

Ulteo joins Open Invention Network

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OIN Logo Ulteo, an open source virtual desktop and application delivery specialist, has announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) as a licensee. Mandriva Linux creator and Ulteo co-founder Gaël Duval said, “We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source innovators can deter patent aggression,” adding that, "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 behaviours reflect a disdain for inventiveness and collaboration.”

Launched in 2005, the Open Invention Network consortium consists of numerous major software and hardware firms, including a number of Linux distributors. It's goal is to systematically set up a portfolio of patents to protect the Linux ecosystem from charges of patent violation. In return for the promise not to use their own patents against Linux, OIN members can license the patents for free.

A list of patents currently owned by the Open Invention Network and the OIN license agreement are both available online. OIN Founding Members and Licensees include IBM, NEC, Novell, Red Hat and Sony.

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