Linux Symposium, July 13th - 17th, 2009, Montreal, Canada
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July 13-17, 2009

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Keeping Open Source Open

Keith Bergelt (kbergelt@openinventionnetwork.com)

Aggressive corporations and Patent Trolls are an ever-growing threat to global innovation. IP aggregators purchase low-quality patents and use them as leverage to hijack potential revenue and profits from technology companies, our largest economic driver. Aggressive corporations use low-quality patents to harass technology innovators to sign onerous license agreement, or to stifle growth in new products and services. This causes entrepreneurs to reconsider launching companies, while small and large firms alike devote more of their time and resources to defending their IP rights. New tools and methods are becoming available to combat aggressive corporations and Patent Trolls, enabling open source and Linux developers, distributors and users to focus on their core business. Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), a collaborative enterprise that enables open source innovation and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux, will discuss the new, free tools that are becoming available and how best to take advantage of them to combat Patent Trolls and other aggressive organizations.



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