Huawei Joins Open Invention Network

Huawei demonstrates its commitment to patent non-aggression in Linux and open source software

Huawei has become a licensee and member of the 3,200 strong community of the Open Invention Network (OIN) licensees, reinforcing its commitment to Open Source Software ()OSS as an enabler of advanced communications systems.

Huawei is already a long-standing member of the Linux Foundation and other open-source groups, including the OpenStack Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. In October 2019, the company also became a Strategic Member of the Eclipse Foundation.

“With continuous innovations being implemented, the ICT industry is undergoing unprecedented transformation. Linux-based platforms, including the Linux Foundation Networking projects such as OPNFV and ONAP, are enabling service providers and enterprises to provision new levels of functionality across cloud and software defined networks at an unprecedented pace,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network.

“As a global leader in ICT infrastructure, and a company with a significant intellectual property portfolio, we appreciate Huawei joining OIN and supporting patent non-aggression in the core of Linux and adjacent OSS.”

Open source software has been one of the greatest sources of innovation.  Open source developers have built excellent software solutions for business, education and personal use. Free and open source programs give companies, schools, governments and users more choices, ensuring they are getting the best possible technology for their needs.

Unfortunately, the last decade has seen an enormous rise in software patent suits. Open source developers aren’t any more immune to this threat than other software vendors.  However, the culture and innovation modality of open source software, based on engagement and sharing, has made it natural to build a collective, defensive solution to protect and enable it.

“In addition to being a worldwide technology leader, Huawei is consistently a top contributor to the Linux Kernel, other key open source projects, and is a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation ,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at the Linux Foundation.

“By joining the Open Invention Network community, Huawei is further demonstrating its strong support for defending open source and open collaboration.”

Open to all, OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis.

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. 

“Huawei is committed to offering the highest-quality ICT and smart devices. Linux and OSS are critical elements of technologies we are developing and integrating with carriers and enterprises around the globe,” said Jianxin Ding, Head of Global Intellectual Property,  at Huawei.

“By joining the Open Invention Network, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to innovation, and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux and other core open source projects.”

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