By design, Open Invention Network (OIN) does not have a revenue-based business model. It is an Open Source Software (OSS) community resource dedicated to limiting patent risk associated with the adoption of Open Source code. Participation in its large and growing community of licensees is free and OIN’s operational costs are borne by its funding members.
Early on in the history of the OSS movement, OIN’s six original funding members (IBM, NEC, Sony, Philips, Red Hat and SUSE) recognized the importance of Open Source as a modality to support unrivaled levels of innovation and together created OIN to safeguard OSS adoption. The original six funding members were joined by Google and Toyota, and today the eight core funding members of OIN bear the costs associated with growing a worldwide community in which members forebear litigation and engage in a cross-license of patents related to core Open Source functionality. With each new licensee, OIN is aiding in the reduction of patent risk, which further encourages OSS adoption and offers an incalculable benefit in terms of innovation.
Finally, please note that the OIN license is a reciprocal arrangement. In other words, OIN community members agree that they will not assert their patents that read on the Linux System Definition against you, and you agree to do the same. All community members give up rights through the OIN license, but they get much more back through the OIN license from the 3,500+ other community members.