Google has joined open source swap body the Open Invention Network (OIN).

OIN allows its members access to over one hundred patents, in return for this free access they must agree not to take patent infringement actions against other OIN developers. The OIN was founded in 2005 by IBM, Novell, Sony and Redhat and now has members such as NEC and Philips, it allows companies the greatest access to new patents whilst protecting them from infringement

Google’s open source programmes manager Chris DiBona said:

“For us, today’s announcement marks the latest development in a long, fruitful relationship with the open source community,”

“We believe Linux innovation moves fastest when developers can share their knowledge with full peace of mind. We’re proud to participate in an organization that’s making that possible,”

“As we look to grow the Linux Ecosystem, we are pleased to have Google become our first end-user licensee,” said Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer of OIN. “Google is one of a growing number of companies, of all sizes, that value the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux community. We applaud their support for Linux.”

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