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The talk will introduce the audience to OIN and outline its role and goals in relation to Linux and the broader open source community of which it is a part. OIN will be discussed in the context of community wide initiatives at the Linux Foundation and the Software Freedom Law Center regarding limiting the impact of patent assertion and litigation against members of the Linux Community. As part of this discussion, the potential threat landscape will be analyzed and initiatives designed to preemptively neutralize these threats will be described.
Keith Bergelt is the CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent nonaggression community in history, organized to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. OIN has more than 1,900 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community. Prior to joining OIN, Keith served as CEO of two hedge funds formed to unlock the considerable asset value of intellectual property in middle market companies. Previously, he served as a senior advisor to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. Keith also headed business development, IP, and licensing for Cambridge Display Technology and established and served as general manager of the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management business unit and director of Technology Strategy at Motorola.