Canonical Becomes First Associate Member of the Open Invention Network

Canonical became the inaugural entrant in the Open Invention Network’s Associate Member program Tuesday. While the company that created Ubuntu Linux has been a Licensee for the OIN for sometime, the move to Associate Member is a logical one. The OIN’s site describes an Associate Member as such:

“Associate Members are recruited from Linux-related companies, including those that are leaders in advancing Linux’s migration into emerging growth markets. Associate Members make a commitment to the Linux Community by virtue of their commitments to and membership in OIN and help to ensure that patent issues do not impair Linux’s growth.”

What this means in terms of patent obligations and membership requirements is unclear. A problem NoSoftwarePatents founder Florian Mueller says is indicative of the OIN as a whole.

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