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Wednesday, October 15 • 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Playing Nice With Patents: Navigating The Legal Landscape For Collaborative Development - Justin Colannino, Till Jaeger, JBB Rechtsanwaelte, Catherina Maracke, Keio University

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Growing commercial competition between technology companies has created a new focus on obtaining and enforcing patent portfolios. In this environment, the community must understand the interplay of the patent system with free and open source software development. In particular, we should examine patent licensing mechanisms underlying community development to identify those that encourage collaboration instead of litigation. Looking ahead, project maintainers must find the right legal mechanisms to ensure continued community participation and stability. In this session, community lawyers Catharina Maracke, Till Jaeger, and Justin Colannino will walk participants through several patent licensing schemes currently in use by free and open source software projects, and will discuss improvements and modifications to further protect the community.


Justin C. Colannino

Justin C. Colannino is a lawyer focusing on free and open source software law, patent law, and patent litigation. He currently serves as a law clerk to a U.S. federal judge. As Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center (2010-2012), he advised free and open source software projects... Read More →

Till Jaeger

Till Jaeger has been a partner at JBB Rechtsanwaelte since 2001. He is a Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney and advises large and medium-sized IT businesses as well as government authorities and software developers on matters involving contracts, licensing and online use... Read More →
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Catharina Maracke

Chair, Open Source Initiative
Catharina is a lawyer by training and has been involved in intellectual property and public licensing models for over 15 years beginning with her work as director for Creative Commons International overseeing and stewarding the Creative Commons global licensing suite and managing... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 4:30pm - 5:20pm CEST
Room 16

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