September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 15:00 - 15:40
Panel Discussion: Community Response to Non-Practicing Entity Patent Risk in OSS - Shawn Ambwani, Unified Patents; Keith Bergelt, Open Invention Network; Karen Copenhaver, The Linux Foundation & Stephen Walli, Microsoft

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Over the course of the last three to five years, patent aggression from operating companies against open source project code has declined as more and more operating companies like Microsoft have agreed to cross-license patents that read on core open source software (OSS) functionality through participation in the Open Invention Network Patent Non-Aggression Community.  During this period, however, patent aggression against critical OSS project functionality has risen at an accelerated rate from non-practicing entities (NPEs) seeking to monetize patents that have, for the most part, been purchased from the secondary market.   As such, coordinated countermeasures have been adopted by Microsoft, the Linux Foundation and Open Invention Network through the founding and funding of the OSS Zone managed by Unified Patents. Two plus years into its formation the OSS Zone has realized substantial success in invalidating poor quality patents held by NPEs that had been asserting them against critical open source functionality. The panel will discuss the nature of non-practicing entity patent risk to OSS, the motivation for a collaborative partnership between the founding/funding parties, and provide an overview of patent risk mitigation benefits attributable to this initiative.

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Shawn Ambwani

Co-Founder / COO / SVP Legal, Unified Patents
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Keith Bergelt

CEO, Open Invention Network
Keith Bergelt is the CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, created to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE, and Toyota, OIN has nearly 4,000... Read More →
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Karen Copenhaver

Strategic Advisor, Linux Foundation
Karen Copenhaver is a strategic advisor to the Linux Foundation. She was previously a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP ‘s Business & Technology practice, focusing on technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property, with a specific emphasis on open source business... Read More →
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Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. I have worked with open source software in the product space for 30+ years. I have been a technical executive, a founder and consultant, a writer and author, a systems... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 15:00 - 15:40 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 1 (Level 2)
  Community Leadership Conference