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TMCNet:  Partnering for Patents: Aleph Objects, Inc. Joins Open Invention Network

[February 21, 2013]

Partnering for Patents: Aleph Objects, Inc. Joins Open Invention Network

Loveland, CO, Feb 21, 2013 ( via COMTEX) -- Standing behind the philosophy of Libre Hardware, Aleph Objects, Inc., makers of LulzBot(TM) 3D printers, is pleased to announce its partnership with Open Invention Network(R) (OIN). As a progressive organization built on fueling marketplace growth, OIN was formed to promote the Linux system by using patents to create a collaborative ecosystem.

Patents owned by members of the Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. Additionally, companies like Aleph Objects, Inc. are given solidarity to a group that spurs innovation by defending against the locking down of ideas.

"Partnering with OIN helps us drive new concepts forward and continually improve upon our existing designs," said Jeff Moe, President of Aleph Objects, Inc. "The strong community-driven approach that OIN stands behind are the very principles which we were founded upon. It's essentially combining brilliance to improve the world around us." As one of the fastest growing industries, the Linux-based free software is critical to future competitive advantage and earning profits in the global marketplace. By ensuring the openness of Linux source code, the OIN organization helps companies make significant advancements.

"3D printing and other open hardware efforts are important because they promote an open source approach as a modality for invention and yield higher levels of innovation," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "We are pleased that Aleph Objects has joined OIN's community of licensees." About Open Invention Network Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.

Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing, launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Google and Canonical. For more information, visit

About Aleph Objects, Inc.

Built upon the philosophy of freedom, Aleph Objects, Inc. is transforming the 3D printer industry. Based in Loveland, Colo., they are committed to Libre Hardware, which means their hardware and software will not be locked down, become obsolete, or require licensed upgrades over time. Empowering customers is part of their innovative spirit and LulzBot users are encouraged to be part of the ongoing conversation. Join in and learn more online at

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