Barracuda Networks and open source intellectual property protection
Barracuda Networks signed a license agreement with the Open Invention Network (OIN) and joined the growing list of companies who are supporting OIN to ensure Linux-based and open source intellectual property protection.
Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert their patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux and open source – helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web
of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, OIN and its members are creating a shielded Linux Ecosystem that is a deterrent against organisations looking to harm or slow the pace of Linux and open source growth and adoption.
Open Invention Network has accumulated more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux System, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.