Schedule: Legal sessions

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Location: Meeting Room B2
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Open Invention Network (OIN) has collaboratively unveiled the free Linux Defenders program, which is designed to make prior art more readily accessible to patent and trademark office examiners, as well as increase the quality of granted patents and reduce the number of second-rate patents. Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, will demonstrate how to use the program and discuss its benefits. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B3
Richard Fontana (Red Hat, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
FOSS can be seen as a new kind of legal system that facilitates sharing rights in code. Viewed in this way, FOSS can benefit from greater public knowledge of code origins and licensing rules. My talk will focus on practical guidance for projects seeking to improve legal certainty in the code they write and use. I will conclude with some longer-term institutional proposals. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B3
Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation), Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative), Gervase Markham (Mozilla Foundation), Larry Augustin (SugarCRM), Chris Messina (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Trademark law is designed to prevent confusion in the market place but understanding how it can benefit the FOSS community can often be confusing. This panel will discuss whether it is useful to register a trademark and, if so, how to permit its use by others. Various policies and enforcement strategies will be evaluated from corporate and non-profit perspectives, often in strong disagreement. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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