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The Keynote will outline the role of Open Invention Network in Open Source and describe the ways in which Capital, Leadership and Strategy are being leveraged to ensure the onward organic growth and development of Linux.
The session will examine the opportunities and challenges that Linux faces from a patent perspective and offer insights into Open Invention Network efforts to create a patent “no fly zone” around Linux. In addition, a likely timeline will be presented that suggests critical potential ‘impact zones’ where patents may become increasingly relevant to Linux’s growth.
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.