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Wednesday, February 8 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
How Patents Remain a Threat - Keith Bergelt, CEO, Open Innovation Work & McCoy Smith, Founding Attourney, Lex Pan Law & Michael Cheng, Chief Legal Officer, Aaliyra Technologies

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The session will give a brief overview of the historical threat of patents to Open, how that threat has been addressed in the past, and where gaps still remain. The session will then give case studies where specific examples of threats to Open have been fought. Suggestions for how to continue to fight and win against these threats will be given.

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Keith Bergelt

CEO, Open Invention Network
Keith Bergelt is the CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, created to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE, and Toyota, OIN has nearly 4,000... Read More →
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McCoy Smith

Founding Attorney, Lex Pan Law
P. McCoy Smith is the Founding Attorney at Lex Pan Law, an intellectual property law firm in the US, and Opsequio, an open source compliance consultancy. Previously, he spent 20 years in the legal department of a Fortune 50 multinational technology company as a intellectual property... Read More →
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Michael Cheng

Aalyria Technologies, Chief Legal Officer
Michael is a former Engineer, M&A Attorney, Linux Foundation Board Director and Product Manager at Facebook. Michael is currently Chief Legal Officer at Aalyria Technologies (a spin-out from Google).Michael previously led the open source team at Meta (fka Facebook), where he defined the vision, strategy and execution for open source products, programs and partnerships at Meta. Michael also led the product, intellectual property and commercial functions as part of Facebook’s M&A team - responsible for all M&A deals between 2018-2021.Re... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:00pm - 1:30pm GMT
Westminster, 4th Floor Queen Elizabeth II Centre