Alfresco Becomes Open Invention Network Licensee

    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
 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 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
 the 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 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/
     Media Contacts:
     Patricia Colby
     Page One PR for Alfresco
     patricia@pageonepr.com
     415-875-7494
 
     Ed Schauweker
     Ketchum for Open Invention Network
     ed.schauweker@ketchum.com
     703-963-5238
 
 

SOURCE Alfresco Software, Inc.

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