Per the press release:
San Francisco (August 7, 2007) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of companies that are leveraging the Open Invention Network to share Linux–based intellectual property.
Here are a few articles about this:
- Info World: “Google ups Linux support as OIN licensee: Google is first end-user licensee of intellectual property company focused on protecting Linux against patent infringement attacks”
- InformationWeek Blog: “Google To Join Group To Protect Linux From Possible Patent Challenge: The Open Invention Network members share their Linux patents with each other and offer the prospect of a joint defense if Linux is confronted with a legal challenge.”