Maersk joins the Open Invention Network community

DURHAM, NC, March 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Open Invention Network (OIN), the organization created to protect open source software (OSS) and the largest patent non-aggression community in history, today announced that AP Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk) has joined as a community member. Maersk is one of the leading integrated container logistics companies and the world leader in shipping services, operating in more than 130 countries. As an open source user, Maersk sees OSS as an enabler of advanced supply chain management platforms.

“Rapidly evolving supply chain technologies – from tracking chips and sensors to blockchain platforms – continue to improve accuracy and efficiency while reducing costs for businesses and consumers. Integrated logistics companies increasingly rely on open source technologies as they modernize, integrate and create new supply chain capabilities,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. We are delighted that an established shipping and logistics leader like Maersk is committed to patenting non-aggression in the Linux kernel and adjacent open source technologies.”

“As we continue our digital transformation, we remain focused on creating and integrating the best technologies for our logistics platforms, delivering services that our customers appreciate and trust. Open source can play a central role in the platforms and applications we build, buy and integrate,” said Simone Frattasi, Head of Global Intellectual Property and Paw Martins, Head of Cloud Platform and Development. innovation at Maersk. “We are thrilled to join the Open Invention Network and support its role in protecting open source software innovations.”

The ISO community practices patent non-aggression in the Linux kernel and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux system patents on a royalty-free basis. Patents held by Open Invention Network are also licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to enforce its patents against the Linux system. The OIN license can be signed online at

About AP Møller – Mærsk
AP Møller – Mærsk is an integrated container logistics company that strives to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As a global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs around 95,000 people.

About the Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom to operate in Linux as a key component of open source software (OSS). Non-aggression of patents in core technologies is a cultural norm within 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 over 3,600 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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