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Software Patent Litigation: What Have We Learned?

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.


Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson, SeaGL

Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the General Manager at the Open Source Initiative which stewards the Open Source Definition and works to raise awareness and adoption of open source software. She is also a founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, an annual event dedicated to surfacing new voices and welcoming new people to the free software community. She lives with her husband and her lucky black cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts.