Whether you’re a seasoned or newly-minted programmer, issues of intellectual property eventually affect some aspect of your procedure in development. At present, the complexity of software patenting does little to ease the headaches nurtured and often initiated by the legal process. But if you’re in NY on May 22nd you might have the opportunity to change that; and if you’re elsewhere on that date, there is likely a comparable opportunity near you.
As preface, a few months ago, I was fortunate to attend a bi-coastal Software Patent Roundtable organized by the USPTO aimed at soliciting developer perspectives on this very issue, and articles abound addressing similar concerns. Mentions vary from direct indictments of poor patent practice, to legislative proposals for protecting industry in the startup community, to perhaps surprising and peripheral but probably necessary manuals for protection against cyber warfare. However disparate, these coalesce in a similar focus on the support of intellectual ingenuity and legal precaution in multiple computationally enabled contexts. One of the most insightful arguments at the roundtable on February 22nd came from a female representative at Google, Suzanne Michel, and more participation in such events from the Girl Develop It dev community might provide likewise important perspective. Here’s how you can help (invitation via community contact, Alicia Fischer):
Call for Speakers - Developer Patent Summit 5/22
Hey GDI members,
Have you ever been sued by patent trolls, or do you have strong patent reform opinions? If you would like to speak out on the issue, the Developer Patent Summit in New York on May 22nd is your chance.
Software patent trolls are a looming threat for every innovative company working in the app development industry. A successful app or breakthrough in the market is an open invitation for abusive letters, licensing claims and lawsuits. Through a 15 city roadshow, the Application Developers Alliance is standing with thousands of developers and companies threatened by an antiquated patent system to fight back against the harmful effects of trolls and patent abuses.
They’re stopping by Projective Space and need one or two more speakers to join the expert panel. If you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regardless of speaking, we hope you can make it to the free event, which promises to be both fun and insightful. Register here.
Hope to see/hear you there :). Thanks for reading!
Aurelia | email@example.com