Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Jun 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by dizmal
Legal Canonical have become the first member to sign up to the Open Invention Network's new associate membership program. The Open Invention Network exists to acquire patents and license them royalty free to entities which, in turn, "agree not to assert their own patents against Linux or Linux-related applications." Current well-known companies involved with the OIN include Sony, IBM and Novell.
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RE: Comment by Parry Hotter
by dizmal on Fri 25th Jun 2010 23:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Parry Hotter"
dizmal
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I agree its not very clear but from what i understood the licensee commits to not suing against linux (for patent infringement) and can use OIN patent pool royalty free whilst is more than that (maybe share there patents in the pool or helps actively to defend cases against linux) and there are the founding members.

Its not very clear but seems to me licensee=passive help (by not suing) while associate= active help (not clear maybe by sharing patents or exact details will be tailored for each associate)

Edited 2010-06-25 23:10 UTC

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