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UPDATED: 16:40, December 01, 2005
Philips shares Linux patents, royalty-free
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Philips Electronics China Group announced Wednesday that the company, together with Sony, IBM, Red Hat and Novell, has decided to join funds to create a joint venture-- the Open Invention Network (OIN), to purchase core patents of Linux operation system and offer them, free of charge, to any institutions or individuals. The effort is meant to aid the advancement of Linux and break the global dominance of Windows by Microsoft.

Ruud J. Peters, CEO of Intellectual Properties and Standards of Royal Philips Electronics, revealed the news yesterday, who is in China to attend an international forum themed "respect intellectual properties and promote economic development".

It is said that chairman of board of the new company will come from Philips while the CEO will come from IBM. Philips said the joint investment is a big number but didn't breathe how much it is.

The joint venture will use one year to purchase core patents of Linux. In fact, IBM, Red Hat and Novell have already had in possession many Linux patents, said Peters, while the new company also sets eyes on some central Linux patents.

Philips has been known in China for patent disputes, but why it is so generous this time? Peters explained that 90 percent costs of various products such as TV set and handset are for software, while Philips has to pay for Windows system on some of its products. It's simply impossible for Philips to develop all software by itself and the new model can achieve a win-win result. Experts say the free sharing of patents will also help improve Philips' image in China.

By People's Daily Online


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