The OIN also known as Open Invention Network is an organization whose aim is to defend IP (intellectual property before you ask). OIN was around for 15 years, just like Shopify, and it currently protects open-source software developers from patent trolls.
Now, Shopify and OIN have joined hands so to speak, in order to keep open source software (Linux, Android etc.) free from attackers. And what do you know: Shopify’s e-commerce platform owes its success (like many other businesses) to open source software. Here’s Shopify senior counsel of intellectual property Robert Guay:
“At Shopify, we’ve built our platform on Ruby on Rails. We view open-source software as a key foundation for our business. By joining the Open Invention Network, we have committed to patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open-source software. We believe that this commitment will promote innovation and help enable entrepreneurs and developers to build on open source foundations without focusing on the threat of litigation. We strongly encourage all forward-looking e-commerce platforms, retailers, and other companies to do the same.”
Shopify is an e-commerce powerhouse, as it boasts more than 158 million websites (Shopify stores) running on its software, making for Canada’s biggest publicly traded company.
And that’s because the platform provides both the tools to build an online store quickly and easily even for boomer-tech persons, but also a full suite of merchant solutions, including payment processing through Shopify Payments and loans through Shopify Capital, to name just a few “perks”.
It’s a good thing that open source software/Linux dominate the business world, and more and more corporations, including Microsoft are joining OIN for a free and open internet.
Patents owned by OIN are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.