Foxconn Joins The Open Invention Network Community

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Open source software plays an increasingly critical role in the development and operation of electronic devices – from smartphones to telecom switches, and everything in between. AI platforms are considered cutting-edge. To hinder patent aggression towards its use of open source, Foxconn is joining the Open Invention Network.

Established in 1974, Hon Hai Technology Group, better known as Foxconn, is the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, ranking in the top-30 among the Fortune Global 500. Foxconn has expanded its capabilities into the development of electric vehicles, digital health and robotics. It is very focused on three key technologies – next-generation communications technology, AI and semiconductors. In October, it was reported that Foxconn is partnering with Nvidia to build AI factories.

“Foxconn continuously looks for ways to integrate advances into the design and manufacturing of smart consumer electronics, cloud and networking equipment, computing devices and components, among others,” said Mick Lim, Director of Foxconn IP Affairs Division. “We are pleased to join the Open Invention Network and support its role in protecting open source.”

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Open Invention Network is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Patent non-aggression in core technologies is a cultural norm within OSS. The litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes OIN membership. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE, and Toyota, OIN has more than 3,800 community members.

“Advances in design and manufacturing propel ongoing innovation within the electronics and components industries. A key driver of these new capabilities is open source technology. Open source enables companies to share foundational technology while they invest in powerful, differentiating features and capabilities higher in the technology stack,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “As a global leader in the development and manufacturing of electronics and technology solutions, we are pleased that Foxconn is committed to patent non-aggression in open source.”