Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. The company has also established the world’s leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, with 351.1 million smart devices connected to its platform, excluding smartphones and laptops. It is also the third largest global smartphone manufacturer, and a significant user and proponent of open source software.
Today, Xiaomi has joined the Open Invention Network, the largest patent non-aggression community in history. In doing so, Xiaomi is reinforcing its commitment to open source software (OSS) as an enabler of advanced smartphones, smart devices and advanced IoT platforms.
“Xiaomi is dedicated to bringing transparent and trustworthy products to users, so that quality technology is accessible to everyone,” said Mr. Cui, Xiaomi Group Vice President. “Linux and open source technology are a core part of Xiaomi products. We will continue to develop and integrate OSS into our products. By joining OIN, we are demonstrating our unceasing commitment to creativity and open source. We proudly support Linux and the development of other open source projects in a manner that is free from patent concerns.”
Funded by Google, IBM and RedHat, NEC, Philips, Sony and Toyota – Open Invention Network’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.
“Smartphones, intelligent devices, and IoT technology are driving unprecedented capabilities to improve personal relationships, expand entertainment options, make homes smarter and drive business efficiency. Thanks to its rich technical research and development capabilities, Xiaomi has created a significant array of products and services, as well as a sophisticated intellectual property portfolio,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We appreciate Xiaomi joining OIN and demonstrating its commitment to collaborative innovation and patent non-aggression in open source.”