Shopify joins the Open Invention network


DURHAM, NC, May 4, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, today announced that Shopify has become a registrant of license and a member of the ISO community. As a leading global commerce platform providing reliable tools to start, grow, market and manage a retail business of any size, Shopify reinforces its commitment to open source software (OSS) as its enabler. growing activity.

“The Shopify platform not only provides the tools to build an online store, but also a full suite of merchant solutions, including processing payments through Shopify Payments and loans through Shopify Capital, among others. Ecommerce platforms, fintechs and financial services companies should all take note of Shopify’s growth and leadership, which has relied on open source software since its launch, ”said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network . “We appreciate Shopify’s participation in joining OIN and demonstrating its commitment to innovation and patent non-aggression in the Linux system.”

“At Shopify, we built our platform on Ruby on Rails. We see open source software as an essential foundation for our business, ”said Robert Guay, Senior Legal Advisor, Intellectual Property at Shopify. “By joining the Open Invention Network, we are committed to patenting non-aggression in the Linux kernel and adjacent open source software. We believe this commitment will drive innovation and help entrepreneurs and developers build on open source foundations without focusing on the threat of litigation. We strongly encourage all forward-looking ecommerce platforms, retailers and other businesses to do the same. “

The ISO community practices patent non-aggression in the Linux kernel and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux system patents to each other without royalty. The patents owned by the Open Invention Network are also licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux system. The OIN license can be signed online at

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading global commerce company, providing reliable tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size. Shopify improves commerce for everyone with a platform and services built for reliability, while providing a better shopping experience for consumers around the world. Proudly founded in Ottawa, Shopify powers over 1.7 million businesses in over 175 countries and is trusted by brands like Allbirds, Gymshark, Heinz, Staples Canada and many more.

About Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key part of open source software (OSS). Non-aggression of patents in basic technologies is a cultural norm within the OSS, so the litmus test for authentic behavior in the OSS community includes membership in the OIN. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 3,400 community members. The OIN patent license and member cross licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.

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