LONDON, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in
open source enterprise content management, today announced that it has
become an Open Invention 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 maintaining 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. Open Invention Network promotes a positive,
fertile ecosystem for Linux, which in turn drives innovation and choice in
the global marketplace. This helps ensure the continuation of innovation
that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and
"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 Invention Network.
"We welcome Alfresco's involvement and look forward to more open source
startup companies following its 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 an OIN member, 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 of Alfresco. "We want to work with our peers in
an open manner on the patent issue, and not merely respond to threats from
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 Linux users and the
Linux environment, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from
others. This collection of patents 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 http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/
About Alfresco Software, Inc.
Alfresco Software, Inc. is the first and leading open source
alternative for enterprise content management. It is the first company to
bring the power of open source to the enterprise content management market,
enabling unprecedented scale and a much lower total cost of ownership than
proprietary systems. Founded by a team of content management veterans that
includes the co-founder of Documentum, John Newton, and former COO of
Business Objects, John Powell, Alfresco is based in London. For more
information, visit http://www.alfresco.com/
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