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The Months Ahead:
Celebrating Open Source & Open Business
In 2021, the Open Source Movement will be celebrating several important milestones, including the 30th Anniversary of Linux and the World Wide Web. Open Anniversary will commemorate historic monthly milestones and feature trivia, guest posts, webinars, interviews, games and community meetups. Some highlights for February and March are listed below.

February's theme is “Open Source” — a term created by Christine Peterson during a meeting February 3, 1998, in Palo Alto, CA. The same month, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) was founded and adopted the definition for Open Source Software (OSS), based on the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
March — Open Business Month — recognizes Bob Young, founder of ACC Corp. in March 1993. The company merged with Red Hat, one of the world’s most revolutionary companies. Former Red Hat CEO and current President at IBM, Jim Whitehurst, published The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, which provides insights about how to build a successful enterprise based on Open Source principles. 

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The 2020 Patent Dispute Report 
Not even a pandemic could stop the growth of patent litigation from patent trolls and patent aggressors in 2020. This trend is only going to continue. Unified Patents, which protects Open Source from patent trolls through its Open Source Zone (supported by OIN and others), has just published its annual Year-In-Review Report. 

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The State of FOSS in India Report
Reviewed in part by Venkatesh Hariharan, our India Representative, "The State of FOSS in India Report" has been released. 
As part of the report launch, FOSS Week India was held with panel discussions on FOSS in government, education and business. Venky moderated the "FOSS in Business" discussion. The recording of this panel is available on YouTube.

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OIN’s Evolving Linux System Definition 

Media coverage continues as The Patent Invention Magazine writes an article highlighting our 15th anniversary celebration, our commitment to protecting the greater Open Source community and the Linux System Definition’s expansion and coverage area.
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The Linux System Definition’s 4 Gems 

Check out Tech Company News’ article that identifies “Four Gems in OIN’s Linux System Definition” and how OIN community members benefit from patent protection in core Linux and adjacent Open Source technologies.
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OIN’s Movers & Shakers


Shout out to Amanda Brock, our European Licensing Representative, and Rob Taylor, our Director of the Linux System Definition, for making the “Top 100 OpenUK Influencers 2021 New Year’s Honours List.”  
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All Things Open Source 

We’ve developed our YouTube channel with more than 40 videos that provide insights into patent non-aggression in Open Source — from trends and current challenges to free solutions for reducing patent risks and future predictions.
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Semiconductors Power the Modern World

A single smartphone today has more power than the computers NASA relied on to send astronauts to the moon and back 50 years ago. Semiconductors were the brains in 1969 and are propelling future technology advancements at a rapid pace.

Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Internet of Things (IoT). Quantum Computing. 5G. Robots. These are just a few areas influencing the semiconductor ecosystem. Add to that, an increased demand from both consumers and businesses for faster speed, higher functionality, and low-power, “greener” devices. The intelligent chipsets of today, and tomorrow, do more.

As the world continues transitioning from an application-centric one to a data-first model, it is only a matter of time until almost all data will be generated — and consumed by —machines. For the semiconductor industry, this is good news. The global market is predicted to grow to $90.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2024, according to Market Watch. By 2030, forecasters expect it to reach $1 trillion.

After revolutionizing software, the Open Source Movement is now influencing the chip industry. Many semiconductor firms across the globe are embracing the Open Source approach. And many industry leaders are joining our community, realizing the plethora of benefits derived from Open Source innovation and collaboration. Here are a few of our members from the semiconductor industry: Alibaba, Broadcom, Cirrus Logic International (UK) Ltd., Cavium (acquired by Marvell Technology), DSP Group, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Huawei, Marvell Technology Group, UNISOC and VIA.

Download “The 2020 State of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Report” by the Semiconductor Industry Association [+]

The 1st Major Bank Headquartered in Europe Joins OIN

Barclays’ membership in OIN signals its focus on addressing patent troll threats and is particularly noteworthy given that banks have traditionally taken a conservative approach to engagement on Intellectual Property-focused initiatives. It also represents the company's commitment to innovation and understanding that Open Source drives innovation today.

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank, offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. With over 325 years of history, the bank operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. It maintains an especially strong presence in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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BMW – A Premium Brand with a 104-Year History

We’re excited to announce BMW has joined our community as the company looks to Open Source Software and to the future as it innovates concept cars, e-mobility and sets new standards for sustainability in the automotive industry.
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Digital Software Innovation Differentiates ePac from Other Packaging Manufacturers

Formed in 2016, ePac’s founders began with a mission to provide locally-based Consumer Packaged Goods’ (CPGs) companies the ability to compete with large brands by using customized and branded packages with 10-15 days business shipping. ePac soon became the 1st supplier in North America built entirely on the latest wide-web digital printing technology – the HP Indigo 20000. It also employs its own software team that develops custom packaged solutions for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs).
Today, ePac Flexible Packaging operates manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with Indonesia and additional geographic expansions underway.

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Pegatron Helps Customers Navigate The Futures

Pegatron Corporation — a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer — is dedicated to introducing innovative design thinking into every detail of production. Formed in 2008, the company develops computing, communications and consumer electronics. It also embraces a passion for technology and believes it allows people to achieve what was previously thought to be impossible.

Approximately 100,000 Pegatron employees work in Taiwan, China, the Czech Republic, the United States, Mexico and Japan.

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Snap Forever 
Changes the Face of  Venice Beach into the “Silicon Beach Tech Hub”

Stanford University students Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown started Snapchat Inc. in September 2011. Today, they all hold executive roles with the company, which serves over 230 million users in more than 20 countries. It predicts its image and video messaging app will reach 356 million users, or 10.4% of all social media users, by 2023.

The Santa Monica, CA-based company rebranded in September 2016 to Snap Inc. in order to include its latest product Spectacles under a single company. Spectacles — a wearable camera with a pair of smart glasses that connect to the user's Snapchat account and records videos in a circular video format — has sold over 150,000 since its introduction to the market. Snap also developed Bitmoji, as well as owns and maintains a number of other technological products and services. The company’s international headquarters are in Soho, London.

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With Over 250 Million Copies Sold, Square Enix Transforms Video Gaming

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. — a Japanese video game holding company and entertainment conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo — develops, publishes, distributes and licenses games.

The company — established in 2003 — is best known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, which collectively, have sold over 250 million copies. Square Enix also publishes the games Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Just Cause; owns an arcade gaming corporation Taito, known for games such as Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble and Darius; sells merchandise and manages Gangan Comics. The company employs over 5,000 people worldwide.

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America's Most Convenient Bank® Turns to Open Source 

TD Bank Group (TD) has joined us as a community member. Offering a full range of financial products and services to more than 26 million customers worldwide, TD is focused on constantly improving its operating platforms and frequently uses Open Source Software (OSS) to do so. 

"We remain focused on leveraging the best technologies for our platforms and are excited to join the Open Invention Network (OIN), that supports protection from patent infringement claims for the greater good of the wider innovation community," said Josh Death, Intellectual Property and Patentable Innovations Lead at TD.
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Venkatesh Hariharan

Outreach Lead, India

A former journalist educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Venkatesh Hariharan — otherwise known as Venky by those who know him — discovered Open Source while researching and writing an article for Slashdot, a social news website that originally billed itself as "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters." In his article, "Why Linux Makes Sense for India,"  he takes a stand that "the localization of Linux to Indian languages can spark a revolution that reaches down to the grassroots levels of the country. The Indianization of Linux is probably one of the most practical ways of making Information Technology (IT) available to millions and millions of Indians. It is now up to linguistic and technical groups to collaborate and make things happen.”

Venky took that mission into his owns hands and with a colleague, Prakash Advani, started in 2000 with the goal of localizing Linux into different Indian dialects. The Open Source project and many linguistic groups and developers across the country worked to enable Linux and open source software in 22 Indian languages today. He remains passionate about Open Source.
“My philosophy is that collaboration, community and the shared ownership of knowledge can lead to a better world, and Open Source is the best example of this. The big challenges that humanity faces such as climate change, can be solved only through collaboration,” Venky shares. “It is very inspiring to see how far Open Source has come in the last two decades, from a niche phenomenon to the new normal, with people around the world collaborating across geographies, time zones, caste, creed and color. In emerging areas like big data, blockchain etc., the growth of technology has been driven by the collaborative innovation model of open source, which brings the best minds in the world together.”
To further his mission to democratize access to knowledge, Venky works in several capacities with industry, academia and government to enable a free and open Internet ecosystem. He joined Open Invention Network in 2015 as the India Representative and has recruited community member businesses in Consumer Services, Commercial & Professional Services, Computer Software, Networking & Security, Retail & eCommerce.
When Venky is not working, he is giving back to his community as a volunteer with the Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable (iSPIRT), which builds Public Digital Infrastructures such as IndiaStack and mentors a few startups. Previously, Venky worked for Google India as Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, and Red Hat as Corporate Affairs Director (Asia Pacific). While at home with his wife, he is most often found reading fiction, biographies, history, business books and  anything about animals.  Gerald Durell and James Herriot are his two favorite authors. He also loves movies, travelling, trekking and good food.

A single semiconductor chip has as many transistors as all of the stones in the Great Pyramid in Giza. That’s approximately 2.3 million transistors. And there are more than 100 billion integrated circuits used daily around the world. That’s equal to the number of stars in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy.

(Source: Semiconductor Industry Association)

Q&A with Sony

Check out our 1st new Member Series video in which Peter Toto — SVP and IP Counsel for Sony — shares why they joined our community and some of the positive impacts they’ve experienced as a result of their 15-year membership.

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