FORFIRM has become partner of the Open Innovation network
FORFIRM is now a partner of the Open Innovation Network, a company that buys patents in order to offer them for free to important institutions that, in turn, accept not to exercise their patents against Linux systems and applications and similar systems.
The History of Open Innovation Network
The company is headquartered in Durham and was founded on November 10, 2005 by IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony., While NEC became a member later.
OIN (acronym of Open Innovation Network) owns the patents for the Commerce One services, previously purchased by Novell for 15.5 million dollars, which cover several fundamental processes in the currently used.
The founders of OIN intend to discourage the legal threats directed against Linux and the applications related to it, in order to protect it. In April 2010, OIN had more than 100 companies licensed (licensee).
The technologies developed by the Open Innovation Project
Among the main ONI technologies we find important software such as Apache, Eclipse, Evolution, Fedora Directory, Firefox Server, GIMP, GNOMEDE, KDE, Mono, Mozilla, MySQL, Nautilus, OpenLap, OpenOffice.org, Perl, PostgreSQL, Pyton, Samba, SELinux , Sendinmail, and Thunderbird.
On March 26, 2007, Oracle took part in the OIN portfolio, thereby committing itself not to pursuing patents against GNU / Linux systems including MySQL and PostgreSQL competitors when used as part of a GNU / Linux system.
On 7 August 2007, Google also took part in OIN as a licensee, followed on 2 October 2007 by Barracuda Networks and on 23 March 2009 by TomTom.
On December 20, 2010 the group The Document Foundation, born at the creation of LibreOffice, fork of OpenOffice, took part in OIN and the following day KDE also joined OIN.