Over the last decade, patent litigations launched by “patent trolls” have increased from approximately 3% of all patent litigations filed to over 17%. This session will analyze this issue and offer detailed recommendations to reduce exposures to “patent trolls,” including the role of AST and OIN in reducing such threats.
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.
Daniel McCurdy is CEO of Allied Security Trust, where he is responsible for patent acquisition, divestiture and global expansion of the Trust’s membership. Previously, Dan was founder and CEO of ThinkFire, President of Intellectual Property at Lucent Technologies, and a Vice President of IBM.
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