OS Zone celebrates five years of success invalidating patents directed against free software

OS Zone initiative to invalidate patents targeting open source software.

OS Zone celebrates 5 years

Open Source Zone or better known as "OS Zone" is an initiative that was born from the Open Invention Network ( OIN) and Unified Patentsas response to the famous lawsuit that was made against the Gnome project by Rothschild Patent Imaging (a patent troll who was widely known for targeting small businesses and startups with patent infringement claims) where he made patent infringement claims related to camera image importing and filtering functions digital at Shotwell.

The case was quite well known both in the Linux community, open source and in general, since it was monitored by many and above all that many reached out (the Open Invention Network in particular) to Gnome to defend itself in court.

Recentlye, Open Invention Network announced the fifth anniversary of the OS Zone initiative, which has been working hard defending open source projects from lawsuits and, especially, invalidating patents to prevent them from being reused, which is extremely important, since most patent trolls base their method on acquiring patents and They only rely on that, on owning the intellectual property, without engaging in development or production activities. This situation makes it impossible to file a countersuit for violation of the terms of use of the patents in any product. Therefore, the strategy focuses on demonstrating the inconsistency of the product used in the patent claim.

"Companies that create products that use open source technologies must help protect open source communities from threats posed by low-quality patent abusers," said Justin Colannino, associate general counsel for open source at Microsoft. "We applaud the innovative approach taken by OS Zone and call on other companies to support solutions that protect open source innovation from specific threats."

And because of the success story of overturning the lawsuit that Gnome had received, this laid a foundation on which the OS Zone has worked to protect open source software from attacks by patent trolls and since then OS Zone has complied with its purpose, to protect open source software from attacks by patent trolls who have no assets and live solely on lawsuits using dubious patents.

OS Zone receives support from Unified Patents who focuses on making litigation costly for patent trolls, which can discourage their attacks by making the legal cost higher than any royalties they seek, while the Open Invention Network works to protect the Linux ecosystem from patent claims through its members who agree not to assert patent claims and to allow free use of patented technologies in Linux-related projects.

Among the main sponsors of OS Zone's work, leading technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, CableLabs, Mercedes-Benz, Meta, ServiceNow and Twilio have also pledged their support this year, demonstrating the technology industry's commitment to protecting and promoting of the OSS against possible legal threats.

Keith Bergelt, CEO of the Open Invention Network, highlighted the importance of this collaboration:

“We see significant value in partnering again with The Linux Foundation and Microsoft to support the Unified Patent OS Zone. “We are also pleased to welcome new businesses providing financial support to continue funding OS Zone operations.”

Moreover, it is also mentioned that OS Zone has been successful in challenging more than 54 PAE patents that posed a threat to OSS technologies in the last four years. Open source projects and technologies such as Apache, Bluez, Linux, Kubernetes, Mozilla Firefox and many others have been protected thanks to this initiative.

If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

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