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Who would have thought it? Not content with signing with LOT Network, Microsoft has taken the next step in patent cuddling and joined the Open Innovation Network.
A month shy of its 14th birthday, the Open Innovation Network (OIN) was obviously very happy to welcome the beast of Redmond, and its 60,000 or so patents, into the group, which consists of nearly 2,700 companies and includes the likes of Google and IBM.
OIN - Linux - Fans - Trolls - Intellectual
OIN is all about Linux, and protecting its fans from trolls waving the Intellectual Property (IP) stick at the platform. OIN does this by providing a royalty-free licence to its strategic IP portfolio and cross-licensing patents between its members. In return it expects that licensees do not assert their patents against the Linux community.
Microsoft signing up is therefore yet another big step in Redmond’s attempts to distance itself from the past and demonstrate its open-source chops.
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