SOURCE: Open Invention Network
August 10, 2010 09:00 ET
ForgeRock Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee
DURHAM, NC and OSLO, NORWAY--(Marketwire - August 10, 2010) - Open Invention Network (OIN) today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of ForgeRock as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, ForgeRock, the official stewards of the ForgeRock I3 Open Platform project, has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.
"We are pleased to welcome ForgeRock, with its high performance enterprise integration and identity platform built upon open source code, into the OIN community of licensees," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By signing our license, ForgeRock affirms that it values the continued openness of Linux. We applaud the company's foresight in taking this step to support both itself and the principles of open source."
"Software freedom matters. We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source leaders and innovators can deter software patent aggression," said Lasse Andresen, CEO of ForgeRock. "While we respect the right of every developer to choose the license that it believes best reflects its desire and needs, we believe the decision to use software should be driven solely by the requirements of the user, and not by a mandate for a particular brand, vendor or development model."
Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux -- helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux.
OIN has amassed a broad portfolio of patents, including patents held by nominees on its behalf. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around and in support of Linux. Its license agreement can be found at www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php.
ForgeRock AS, based in Norway with subsidiaries in the US and the UK, is committed to continuity of innovation and service for the existing and new open source interaction, identity, and integration software found within the I³ platform. ForgeRock will provide customers with enterprise-class subscriptions for the platform as well as training and access to an extensive partner community. For more information, visit www.forgerock.com.
About Open Invention Network®
Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.
Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com.
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