Barracuda Networks Becomes OIN Licensee

Barracuda NetworksWhen I hear that Barracuda Networks becomes an Open Invention Network Licensee. In exchange for agreeing not to assert any of their own patents against the Linux software ecosystem, Barracuda will gain royalty-free access to the significant collection of patents held by OIN–which includes the Commerce One web services patents.

Like we all know, Big Internet Company Google was join Open Invention Network Licensee, “Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we’re strongly committed to supporting the Linux developer community,” said Chris DiBona, Google open source programs manager.

By becoming a licensee, Barracuda Networks has joined the growing list of companies who are supporting OIN to ensure Linux-based and open source Intellectual Property (IP) protection. Barracuda Networks joined OIN to help secure the future of Linux by building a legally protected environment where developers can innovate freely. A large number of Barracuda Networks’ products utilize the Linux Operating System.

When I try to search on Open Source community, I found that Barracuda Networks is an active member of the open source and free software communities, donating hardware, code, funds and other resources to fuel open source technology innovation and collaboration.

Press Release:

Campbell, Calif., Oct. 2, 2007 — Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, and Barracuda Networks, Inc., the worldwide leader in email and Web security appliances, announced today that Barracuda Networks has signed a license agreement. By becoming a licensee, Barracuda Networks has joined the growing list of companies who are supporting OIN to ensure Linux-based and open source intellectual property protection.

Barracuda Networks joined OIN to help secure the future of Linux by building a legally protected environment where developers can innovate freely. A large number of Barracuda Networks’ products utilize the Linux Operating System.

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert their patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux and open source — helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of Linux developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, OIN and its members are creating a shielded Linux Ecosystem that is a deterrent against organizations looking to harm or slow the pace of Linux and open source growth and adoption.

“As we grow the Linux Ecosystem, we are pleased to have Barracuda Networks become a licensee,” said Jerry Rosenthal, CEO of Open Invention Network. “Barracuda Networks is one of a growing number of companies that value the openness and collaborative culture of the Linux and open source communities.”

“Barracuda Networks is strongly committed to promoting the use and adoption of open source software,” said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. “We are proud to support Open Invention Network in its mission.”

Barracuda Networks is an active member of the open source and free software communities, donating hardware, code, funds and other resources to fuel open source technology innovation and collaboration. Barracuda Networks combines its own technology with open source technology to provide affordable, easy-to-use and powerful network security appliances.

Open Invention Network has accumulated more than 100 strategic, worldwide patents and patent applications. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around, and in support of Linux. Through the accumulation of patents that may be used to shield the Linux System, including users of Linux software, OIN has reduced the need for offers of protection from others.

This makes it economically attractive for companies that want to repackage, embed and use Linux to host specialized services or create complementary products. Additionally, it helps ensure the continuation of innovation that has benefited software vendors, customers, emerging markets and investors. The OIN license agreement can be found at www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license.php.

About Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Established in 2002, Barracuda Networks, Inc. is the worldwide leader in email and Web security appliances. Barracuda Networks also provides world-class IM protection, application server load balancing and message archiving appliances. More than 50,000 companies, including Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L’Oreal, NASA and Europcar, are protecting their networks with Barracuda Networks solutions. Barracuda Networks’ success is due to its ability to deliver easy to use, comprehensive solutions that solve the most serious issues facing customer networks without unnecessary add-ons, maintenance, lengthy installations or per user license fees. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its headquarters in Campbell, Calif. Barracuda Networks has offices in eight international locations and distributors in more than 80 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.barracuda.com.

About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux System by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability. It promotes a positive, fertile Linux Ecosystem, which in turn drives innovation and choice in the global marketplace. Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005, and has received investments from IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. For more information, go to www.openinventionnetwork.com.

Open Invention Network, OIN and the Open Invention Network logo are the properties of Open Invention Network, LLC. Barracuda Networks and the Barracuda Networks logo are the property of Barracuda Networks, Inc. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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