Open Invention Network (OIN), which calls itself “the largest patent non-aggression community in history,” said e-commerce giant JD.com, China’s largest retailer, has joined as a community member.
OIN said its 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.
It said patents owned by OIN are also licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.
Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 2,200 community members and owns more than 1,200 global patents and applications.
“The retail space is undergoing a significant sea change — perhaps the largest in its history — as consumers worldwide continue to accelerate their purchasing via online retailers,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN.
“To meet this growing demand, sophisticated e-commerce platforms today are built on Linux and adjacent open source technologies.
“We greatly appreciate JD.com’s leadership in joining OIN and supporting patent non-aggression.”
Rain Long, general counsel of JD.com, said: “At JD.com, we have employed open source technologies such as Kubernetes and Open Stack, along with Linux, to improve the speed, functionality, and stability of our infrastructure while lowering operating costs.
“We are pleased to join Open Invention Network, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to open source software, which is critical to our business infrastructure.
“Our pledge of patent non-aggression, as part of the OIN community, is an important step forward for the company.”