Alfresco Becomes Open Innovation Network Licensee
Alfresco is one of the first Open Invention Network startup licensees
LONDON, July 31, 2007 – Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in open source enterprise content management, today announced that it has become an Open Innovation Network licensee. Alfresco is one of the first Open Invention Network startup licensees, joining a growing number of leading information technology firms that are dedicated to the health, vitality and collaborative power of Linux.
Open Invention Network (OIN) is an intellectual property company that was formed in 2005, to promote Linux by using patents to create a collaborative environment. It promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turns drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. This helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors.
“As a leader in open source, Alfresco’s active participation in our organization will contribute significantly to the open source community,” said Jerry Rosenthal, chief executive officer of Open Innovation Network. ”We welcome Alfresco’s involvement and look forward to more open source startup companies following their lead.”
Alfresco has seen major adoption of its open source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system throughout the world. The company now has more than 300 customers. The community version of Alfresco's open source ECM has been downloaded almost 700,000 times.
As a member of the OIN, Alfresco will share all of its existing patents with other OIN licensees, and will freely-license future patents to the organization as they are developed.
“In signing on with OIN, Alfresco is seeking patent protection, not only for ourselves, but for the broader open source community,” said John Powell, CEO and Co-founder, Alfresco Software Inc. “We want to work with our peers in an open manner on the patent issue, and not merely respond to threats from outside.”
OIN holds more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the ecosystem that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux environment, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.
This makes it economically attractive for companies that want to repackage, embed and use Linux to host specialized services or create complementary products. Additionally, it helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors.
About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux System by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability. It promotes a positive, fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005, and has received investments from IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, go to www.openinventionnetwork.com.