Patents, Product & Reform:
A national conversation on the future of software patents.
Software patents present significant challenges to app developers. Vague claims, product life cycles shorter than the PTO review process, trolls and general uncertainty threaten to stifle app industry innovation and growth.
The Application Developers Alliance will host events nationwide for developers to learn about patents and share stories of claim letters, lawsuits, legal strategies and litigation costs, and their ideas about software patent reform.
Each event will feature an expert presentation/overview, followed by a panel discussion between policymakers, app developers, attorneys, and other stakeholders. Events will include an open Q&A and a networking reception.
We will be filming most of the events along with expert interviews, which will be made available in DevsBuild.it.
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Las Vegas, NV
Who will attend?
In The News
"What we need to do is pull together additional stakeholders and see if we can build some additional consensus on smarter patent laws."
- President Barack Obama in his "Fireside Hangout" via Google Plus
"It’s not going to be a dry, boring legal seminar. It will be much more of a martial arts class. We need to help protect our members, small companies and startups, that are being preyed upon by leeches."
- Jon Potter, App Developers Alliance rolls out martial arts classes for fighting patent trolls, PandoDaily
"While app developers are angry with the trolls, they are also frustrated, rightly, with their government. The patent system was created to promote innovation and protect entrepreneurs. But in the trenches of the app development industry, people are intimidated and angered. App developers and entrepreneurs, the very people whom the patent system should protect, now consider software patents as inhibiting -- rather than promoting -- innovation."
- Jon Potter, Op-Ed in Mercury News
"It is organized crime, plain and simple. It is an abuse of the legal system, an abuse of the patent system, and a moral affront."
- Joel Spolsky, Co-founder and CEO of StackExchange, Chairman of the Board of the Application Developers Alliance
"In baseball, a tie goes to the runner. If software developers cannot understand or replicate the contents of a patent they are told to be violating, there may not be an invention at all."
- Jon Potter at the USPTO Roundtable, SFBay
"Developers have grown fearful of receiving letters from patent trolls seeking nominal license fees for seemingly unrelated patents, written long ago in many cases."
- Josh Hartwell, CEO of Mobile Deluxe, Op-Ed in Inside Mobile Apps
"[Patent trolls are] hampering the innovation that our country deserves. Literally every segment of our society's business is being attacked by these patent trolls."
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Peeved politicians want "loser pays" rule for patent trolls, Ars Technica
The patent roadshow is modeled after our 10-city, nationwide Privacy Summit Series held in the summer and fall of 2012. Learn more