Developer Patent Summit: Chicago

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March 25, 2013 at 2:54PM

Patents, Product & Reform:

A national conversation on the future of software patents.

The software patent system poses a significant challenge for developers. Patent trolls, product life cycles shorter than the patent process, and general uncertainty threatens to stifle innovation and growth in the app industry. Throughout the year, the Application Developers Alliance will host events around the country and invite developers to share stories of claim letters, lawsuits, the challenges they face, and the need for software patent reform.

Patents Summits will bring developers, policymakers, and patent experts together to discuss practical topics like assertion and defense strategies for startups and examine the issue of policy reform. Each event will feature a patent expert, followed by a panel discussion between policymakers, app developers, and attorneys. The events will conclude with an open Q&A for attendees and a networking reception - including food and drinks.


DATE: June 20th, 2013

LOCATION: Holland & Knight | 131 South Dearborn Street, 30th Floor | Chicago, IL 60603


6:00pm Welcome (registration, drinks, food, and mingling)

6:30-8:00pm Fireside chat followed by a panel-led conversation, and Q&A

8:00pm Enjoy beer, wine and food, meet the panel, and network


Fireside Chat: David Donoghue, Holland & Knight and *Anonymous Startup Founder

Moderator: Jon Potter, Application Developers Alliance

Panelist: Justin Freeman, Rackspace

Panelist: David Schwartz, Chicago Kent College of Law

Panelist: Jonathan Pasky, Pasky IP

Panelist: *Anonymous Startup Founder

*Many app developers and startups fear that speaking publicly about software patents will open them up to litigation. Accordingly, we are protecting the identity of one of our speakers.


National Sponsors

Rackspace Logo


Local Sponsor

Holland & Knight

For more information about the Developer Patent Summit Series, please visit our website. Want to sponsor? Please contact Chelsea Larson-Andrews at

As a benefit of registration, attendees will receive a free membership in The Alliance. If you'd like to join sooner, register here.