The intellectual property battles involving mobile market leaders Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Apple, and RIM, are making headlines daily while cloud computing has become an important strategic battlefield for technology industry competitors. These battles over patents are only going to increase. Some within the technology community believe that patents serve to foster and protect innovation in the marketplace. Keith's talk will help to provide insight in the field of patents, and and to avoid the minefield that exists, especially in these new arenas.
The audience would be innovators, inventors and Linux software developers. The talk will provide valuable knowledge on defensive patent pools and other community defensive initiatives that can help defend innovation and outline ways that the Linux community can actively assist in reducing the effectiveness of IP used against the community.