Microsoft Joins Open Invention Network with the Aim to Protect Linux and Open Source
"Microsoft is joining the Open Invention Network (OIN). This brings it over 60,000 issued patents from Microsoft, aiming to help make its license network even stronger for the benefit of the open source community.
The Open Invention Network (OIN) is a shared defensive patent pool, with the specific goal of protecting open source and Linux. It’s currently backing by many commercial enterprises, including Google, IBM, Philips, RedHat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota."