Frequently Asked and Infrequently Answered Questions About Software Patents

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The intense commercial competition between technology companies is
driving large volumes of complex and often multi-jurisdictional patent
litigation. With the de facto possibility of patenting software
related ideas in various countries, free and open source software
developers must understand the patent risks inherent in the development
and distribution of their software. This will help them cut through the
patent FUD and develop real solutions to face the risk of patent
aggression with the help of a collaborative ecosystem. Further, such collective
thinking will ensure that we can spend less time worrying and more time accomplishing
in areas crucial to innovation i.e better code and development, better documentation and
a united community.

In this session lawyers from the Software Freedom Law Center and
the Community Outreach Director of Open Invention Network (OIN) will discuss
the current trends in software patent aggression, will provide useful information about
patents and patent liability, and will explain some means to provide
community defense.

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Mishi Choudhary

Software Freedom Law Center

Mishi Choudhary is the Director of International programs at
Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), New York and the
founding Executive Director of SFLC India. She has an
LLM from Columbia Law School where she was a Stone Scholar.
Prior to joining SFLC, Mishi was a litigator in different
chambers in India with areas of practice covering Corporate and Commercial Law,
Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Information Technology Law,
Trademarks and Copyrights.She is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi,
licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts
in India, in the State of New York, before the Southern District of New York.
and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Deb Nicholson

Software Freedom Conservancy

Deb Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social
justice. She has been a free speech advocate, economic justice organizer
and civil liberties defender. After working in Massachusetts politics
for fifteen years, she became involved in the free software movement.
She is the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and
the Community Manager at Media Goblin. She also serves on the board at
Open Hatch, a non-profit dedicated to providing tools and education for
potential new free software contributors. She lives in Cambridge,

Justin Colannino

Ropes & Gray LLP

Justin’s is an associate in Ropes & Gray LLP’s Intellectual Property Group, where he focuses his legal practice on patent litigation. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, he was Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised non-profit free and open source developers and projects in all areas of free and open source development.

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Alex Martelli
07/20/2012 4:11am PDT

Good try, but the somewhat-undirected session inevitably flowed towards political discussions (not productive). Stronger session management a must for such important but difficult subjects!


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