The Evolution of Software Patent Suits

Room: 
Room 1
Time Slot: 
5:00

The huge increase in software patent litigation over the last 15 years has produced reams of articles, cost fortunes and even snagged the US President's attention. But when something goes on for long enough, it also produces data -- lots and lots of data. So what have we learned from all the data?

Non-practicing entities are growing and litigation costs increase each year, but that's hardly the whole story. Ms. Nicholson will examine data from academic and industrial sources to see what it all means for Linux, Android, GNU and the rest of the free and open source community. While some solutions are already working, more data brings more opportunities to impact the patent field in way that lets developers worry less about patent suits.

Who is this talk for? - People who want to know what the next wave software patent litigation is going to look like for free and open source software and what they can do about it. Anything we can do to ameliorate software patent risk, should be widely known and adopted in the community. That means staying up to date with the likely threats.