Red Hat and Black Duck Software, a provider of services to manage software intellectual property, are teaming up to help companies protect for Linux and open source software developments.

The partnership is part of Red Hat’s open source assurance program that it created in August of 2003. It includes a fund to help companies in litigation related to open source development.

“Customers are excited about the value and flexibility that Linux and open source bring,” said Matthew Szulik, chairman and CEO of Red Hat, in a statement. “Working with partners like Black Duck, Red Hat is committed to preserving the creative spirit of developers, fortifying the confidence enterprise users have in Linux and open source, and increasing the value of Red Hat subscriptions.”

Black Duck offers a suite of applications for software IP management through its protexIP suite.

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