D‑Link Joins the Open Invention Network Community to Support Open Source Software

D‑Link becomes Open Invention Network community member to protect open source software against patent risks and promote open collaboration and innovation

17 March, 2021

D-Link Open Source with planet Earth in the background


D-Link, a global leader in networking and connectivity technology, today announced it has become a licensee and community member of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community. 

As a global leader in networking and connectivity solutions for consumers, enterprises, and service providers, D-Link recognises the benefits and values of supporting the development of Open Source Software (OSS). Open source culture is based on engagement, collaboration, and collective intelligence, which promote diverse perspectives and the most remarkable innovations. 

By participating in the OIN community, D-Link demonstrates its commitment to adopting OSS as a foundation for its networking solutions and protecting open source innovations from patent risks.

Kevin Wen, President of D-Link Europe, said: “More than 70% of D-Link’s networking and communication solutions have implemented open source software since the beginning phase of research and development. We have and will continue to advocate for OSS and patent non-aggression, and we look forward to making our contributions to the OIN community to encourage innovation.”

“We are pleased D-Link is employing open source code in its products and welcome its commitment to patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies required under the OIN license.  The diffusion of a common set of values in terms of patent risk mitigation coupled with more broad-based adoption of rigorous compliance management processes creates a context for IP Governance that OIN encourages among all its community members,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network.

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. Similarly, OIN licenses its patents royalty-free to organisations that agree not to assert their patents against the Linux System. The OIN license can be signed online at http://www.j-oin.net/.