Open Invention Network Announces Continued Expansion of its Open Source Patent Non …

exFAT, Hyperledger, Hadoop, Android AOSP 10 and Robot OS are among the new software packages now included under the protective umbrella of the Linux System definition.

Durham, NC (October 13, 2020)Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that it has further reduced patent risk associated with core Linux and adjacent open source code through the measured expansion of the scope of its Linux System Definition. To keep pace with innovation and safeguard broad-based adoption of open source code, Open Invention Network periodically revises its Linux System coverage to include core code drawn from the growing number of important open source projects.

In the current Linux System definition update, OIN’s ever-expanding licensee community will benefit from patent risk mitigation associated with the use of core software packages drawn from Hyperledger, Apache Avro, Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Robot Operating System (ROS), KDE Frameworks, Android AOSP 10, Eclipse Paho and Mosquito, among others. Of particular note, OIN is incorporating the Linux implementations of exFAT into the scope of patent non-aggression by virtue of this update. In total, the expansion includes 520 new software components, bringing the total number of Linux System-protected packages to 3,393.

“Linux and open-source software proliferation accelerates the pace of innovation across industries as software becomes an increasingly important source of differentiation,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “This Linux System expansion enables OIN to keep pace with open source innovation, promoting patent non-aggression in the core. As open source grows, we will continue the measured expansion of the Linux System and, at the same time, recruit more companies into the OIN community to further mitigate patent risk associated with the use of core open-source code.”

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software (OSS). Patent non-aggression in core technologies is a cultural norm within OSS, so that the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN membership. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 2,750 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.

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Hyperledger’s Blockchain Platform Adds Visa And SIX, Growing Its Membership In September

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During September, Hyperledger, an open-source effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, added eight new organizations, including Chainstack, SIMBA Chain, SIX Digital Exchange, and Visa.

The company announced the news at their annual Member Summit, September 9.

“In a year that has looked like no other, Member Summit is an even more important grounding point for our community,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “The pace of adoption for enterprise blockchain is accelerating, and our members are a driving force for critical new technologies and solutions. Our latest members will be important new voices as we set agendas and roadmaps that will keep us pushing this market forward in the year ahead.”

When asked what was on the horizon for Hyperledger in 2021, Behlendorf said he expects continued growth in digital identity, potentially with vaccination records and digital recordkeeping. Behlendorf said. “As a project, we have benefited from a broad greenhouse strategy testing new pilots and other active projects, working to develop new standards in multiple industries. Our membership continues to be solid and growing.”

Hyperledger also announced seven more companies, Creativehill, DeepDive Technology Group, NEC, SAP, SwissCom, Tech Mahindra and Tencent, have completed the training requirements to become Hyperledger Certified Service Providers (HCSPs). This brings the total number of HCSPs to 18.

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Hyperledger is an open-source community focused on developing a suite of stable frameworks, tools, and libraries for enterprise-grade blockchain deployments. Doc Searls and Simon Phipps talk with Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of Hyperledger. They discuss the growth of Hyperledger since the last time Brian was on the show. Open source started with operating systems 20 years ago, but now it is stretching into different domains. One of those ways is in public health. They discuss the Linux Foundation of public health, which sustains open-source software to help public health authorities (PHAs) combat COVID-19 and future epidemics. They also ask Brian about how the Mozilla Foundation Model compares to Linux Foundation.

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Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Joins the Open Invention Network Community

DURHAM, N.C., June 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) has joined as a community member. SMFG is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Japan, with an established presence across all consumer and corporate banking businesses. Focused on digital innovation through fintech and open innovation, SMFG harnesses open source technology to meet its clients’ financial needs. By joining OIN, SMFG is demonstrating its commitment to patent non-aggression in open source software (OSS), a key component in its banking platforms and applications.

“The financial services and fintech industries are increasingly relying on open source technologies, including blockchain technologies such as Hyperledger. Global leaders that recognize the benefits of open source technologies are building robust feature-rich platforms to make them more effective for commercial and consumer clients,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We are pleased that SMFG has joined our community and committed to patent non-aggression in Linux and adjacent open source technologies.”

SMFG stated, “As a global solutions provider that grows with customers and society through the highest level of trust, SMFG is committed to creating businesses that transcend the boundaries of finance and resolving issues. In order to further promote this effort and quickly deliver high added-value services to our customers and society, SMFG believes that the utilization of open source software will be essential. Also, in promoting OSS utilization, SMFG believes that measures to protect intellectual property rights are important. Through joining the OIN, SMFG hopes to deepen our understanding of the OSS community and contribute to the development of OSS.”

OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by OIN are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. The OIN license can be signed online at http://www.j-oin.net/.

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing and technology. Hyperledger hosts many enterprise blockchain technology projects including distributed ledger frameworks, smart contract engines, client libraries, graphical interfaces, utility libraries and sample applications. All Hyperledger code is built publicly and available under the Apache license. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit https://www.hyperledger.org/.

About Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG)

SMFG is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Japan, with an established presence across all consumer and corporate banking businesses. Through the subsidiaries and affiliates, SMFG offers a diverse range of financial services, including commercial banking, leasing, securities, credit card, consumer finance and other services. SMFG’s consolidated total assets were ¥ 212.4 trillion as of December 31, 2019.

About Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

SMBC is a commercial banking entity within SMBC Group and is one of the largest commercial banks globally on the basis of total assets. It provides an extensive range of corporate and consumer banking services in Japan and globally.

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software (OSS). Patent non-aggression in core technologies is a cultural norm within OSS, so that the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN membership. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 3,200 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.

For more information, visit http://www.openinventionnetwork.com.

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Walmart Joins Hyperledger Along With Seven Other New Members

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On March 3rd, Hyperledger, an open-source project created to advance blockchain technologies, announced eight new members, notably Clear, Conduent and Walmart.

Hyperledger also welcomed six new Hyperledger Certified Service Providers (HCSP). From the press release, “Beijing Proinsight Technology, Kompitech, LimeChain, Mindtree, Xoaa and Zhigui are the latest organizations to complete the criteria for the recently launched program. Members are pre-qualified, vetted service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Hyperledger enterprise blockchain technologies.”

“Adding this great mix of new members and HCSPs is a great opening act for Hyperledger Global Forum,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger.

Hyperledger allows organizations to create industry-specific applications through open-source distributed ledger frameworks, libraries and tools. Like R3, who supports a similar open-source blockchain platform called Corda, Hyperledger has been working with partners in different industries to understand how this technology can be applied.

Other new members are Aiou Technology, Joisto Group, Tangem, and Tokenation.

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“Walmart is excited to participate in open source communities, coming together to create scalable and adaptable technology,” said Sanjay Radhakrishnan, Vice President, Walmart Global Tech. “We’ve seen strong results through our various deployments of blockchain, and believe staying involved in open source communities will further transform the future of our business.”

Blockchain’s ability to improve and enhance supply chain trust is a popular use-case. Development in this space continues to change and evolve.

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Hyperledger Exec: Early Blockchain Projects Will Hardly Be Noticeable to Consumers

Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project, said that early blockchain projects will hardly be noticeable to most consumers, TechCrunch reported July 6.

Speaking at the TC Sessions: Blockchain event in Zug, Switzerland, Behlendorf reportedly argued that a great number of consumers will not realize when financial institutions, governmental websites, or even social networks start using distributed ledger technology:

“For a lot of consumers, you’re not going to realize when the bank or a web form at a government website or when you go to LinkedIn and start seeing green check marks against people’s claims that they attended this university — which are all behind-the-scenes that will likely involve blockchain.”

Behlendorf stated that blockchain could have a significant impact in the area of online identity. Instead of relying on centralized systems like Facebook or Twitter to store information, blockchain-based solutions could potentially store data more securely:

“I think we’ve got something of a solution but [it is] only going to work if the end user experience of managing your identity and your personal data is made easy and made fluid. It [has to] feel something like your wallet when you pull out your driver’s license and show it.”

In June, Behlendorf said that he expects blockchain technology to curb the power of Silicon Valley’s major technology companies. He stated that too many companies in Silicon Valley want to be the center of the world and “have a blind spot when it comes to blockchain”:

“Tech giants such as Google, Amazon or Facebook will undoubtedly pick up blockchain and generate business models from it. However, I think that the core of blockchain — as a decentralized technology — will diminish [their] market power.”

As per Behlendorf, Hyperledger presently has around 10 code bases, where two are in production use with eight frameworks to build blockchains. He said that the large majority of developers are working on blockchain projects because their business wants to use it or launch a pilot, while just a few get involved to improve their skills and reputation. Regarding the open source nature of the technology he said ““For them, knowing other companies are using it and making a profit is fine. In fact, it’s a good thing.”

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Early uses of blockchain will barely be visible, says Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf

The blockchain revolution is coming, but you might not see it. That’s the view of Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project.

Speaking at the TC Sessions: Blockchain event in Zug, Switzerland, Behlendorf explained that much of the innovation that the introduction of blockchains are primed to happen behind this the scenes unbeknownst to most.

“For a lot of consumers, you’re not going to realize when the bank or a web form at a government website or when you go to LinkedIn and start seeing green check marks against people’s claims that they attended this university — which are all behind-the-scenes that will likely involve blockchain,” Behlendorf told interviewer John Biggs.

“This is a revolution in storage and networking and consumers.”

As for where blockchain might make a big impact, Behlendorf said he believes that the area of online identity is particularly ripe for change. Rather than relying on central systems such as Facebook or Twitter to hold information, blockchain solutions can potentially store information more securely and with more utility thanks to self-sovereign ID systems.

“That’s what gets me up in the morning more than almost every other use case,” Behlendorf said. “I think we’ve got something of a solution but’s only going to work if the end user experience of managing your identity and your personal data is made easy and made fluid. It [has to] feel something like your wallet when you pull out your driver’s license and show it.”

Hyperledger is providing the framework and tools that the foundation hopes will enable innovation in the blockchain space, and Behlendorf said that it currently has around 10 code bases, of which two are in production use with eight additional frameworks to build blockchains. He added that there are more options coming, thanks to Hyperledger focus on “organic” development ideas.

It might seem like an irony that blockchain projects, which can raise enormous amounts of money via token sales, are basing the technologies that power their businesses on open source tools, but Behlendorf said there’s nothing new in that situation versus how the Linux Foundation traditionally operates.

“There might be a few developers who get involved to improve their skills and reputation but the vast majority work on it because their business is investigating it, wants to use it or to do a pilot, so they have a responsibility to make sure it works,” Behlendorf explained.

“For them, knowing other companies are using it and making a profit is fine,” he added. “In fact, it’s a good thing.”

Community spirit is very much the focus, and Hyperledger has had to intervene in the rare cases that members have taken things too far.

“What you want to protect against is any one company benefitting from the brand or reputation that the community creates in a way that is unfair. So we do things like we protect the trademark… because that confuses the marketplace,” Behlendorf said.

“But we want to see companies building services on top of this. In fact, it’s essential to make this a virtuous circle.”

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Hyperledger Exec: Blockchain Will Diminish Power of Tech Giants Like Google

Executive Director of Hyperledger Brian Behlendorf said he expects blockchain technology to curb the power of Silicon Valley’s major technology companies, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported today, June 6.

In an interview with Swiss business newspaper Handelszeitung, Behlendorf said that the coming wave of technology “will not be shaped by Silicon Valley,” adding that too many companies in Silicon Valley want to be the center of the world and “have a blind spot when it comes to blockchain.” Behlendorf stated:

“Tech giants such as Google , Amazon or Facebook will undoubtedly pick up blockchain and generate business models from it. However, I think that the core of Blockchain — as a decentralized technology — will diminish [their] market power.”

Behlendorf said that he sees a parallel between the current blockchain and crypto boom, and the dot-com craze of the late 1990s:

“It was the time when Silicon Valley founders could capitalize on any kind of business plan. Even the investment market around Blockchain today is definitely overheating. The good side is that in this way a lot of capital is flowing to develop software.”

According to Behlendorf, Hyperledger is “not looking at the [initial coin offering] ICO market or the cryptocurrency market at all. We are looking solely at the potential of blockchain technology.” He added that blockchain projects in testing supply chains are not given enough attention.

UK-based Juniper Research recently published a study, suggesting that the integration of blockchain technology by multinational tech companies was only a matter of time. According to the study, 6 out of 10 such companies are considering adopting the technology or already in the process of developing their own blockchain services.

Last month, Facebook formed a Blockchain Exploratory Committee led by Coinbase board-member David Marcus. Marcus said the team would, “explore how to best leverage blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch.”

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