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Wednesday, February 15 • 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Patents: Global Policy Trends - Deb Nicholson, Open Invention Network

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In the developer community, nobody cares where their collaborators are physically located. It's a completely different story for legal practitioners and others who look at the licenses, patents and treaties that dictate what's feasible, what's expensive and what's impossible -- or even illegal. Globally, lawmakers, treaty drafters and standards setting organizations entities are seeking to harmonize, standardize and codify the legal structures that govern our interactions. Many of these efforts may be well-intentioned but ultimately hostile to the production and adoption of free and open source software. With a global understanding of current policy trends, the worldwide community of free and software projects and companies will be ready to impactfully address and respond to proposed policy decisions.

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach, Open Invention Network
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Community Outreach Director for the Open Invention Network, the world's largest patent non-aggression community which serves Linux, GNU, Android and other key FOSS projects. She’s won... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm PST
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