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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Comment by Parry Hotter
by Parry Hotter on Fri 25th Jun 2010 21:53 UTC
Parry Hotter
Member since:
2007-07-20

Associate membership program, what does that actually mean? I couldn't find anything but a vague blurb in the press release about it.

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RE: Comment by Parry Hotter
by dizmal on Fri 25th Jun 2010 23:09 in reply to "Comment by Parry Hotter"
dizmal Member since:
2009-04-22

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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RE[2]: Comment by Parry Hotter
by Moochman on Sat 26th Jun 2010 08:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by Parry Hotter"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

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)


Yeah, I kind of doubt that Ubuntu has too many patents (if any) that they could use to prop up the portfolio of the OIN...

Edited 2010-06-26 08:12 UTC

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RE: Comment by Parry Hotter
by Almafeta on Sat 26th Jun 2010 16:00 in reply to "Comment by Parry Hotter"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Associate membership program, what does that actually mean? I couldn't find anything but a vague blurb in the press release about it.


Not much, since all three of the companies listed in the opening blurb above has sued open-source projects over patent abuse since joining the OIN.

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RE[2]: Comment by Parry Hotter
by sbergman27 on Sun 27th Jun 2010 02:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Parry Hotter"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Not much, since all three of the companies listed in the opening blurb above has sued open-source projects over patent abuse since joining the OIN.

Details, Almafeta?

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