Developer Patent Summit: New York City

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Projective Space
72 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002

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: May 22nd, 2013

LOCATION: Projective Space | 72 Allen Street | New York, NY 10002


7:00pm Welcome (registration, drinks, food, and mingling)

7:30-9:00pm Fireside chat followed by a panel-led conversation, and Q&A

9:00pm Enjoy beer, wine and food, meet the panel, and network


Can't join us in person? Tune in to the online livestream here.


Fireside Chat: Scott Smedresman, SorinRand LLP and *Anonymous Startup Founder

Moderator: Tim Sparapani, Application Developers Alliance

Panelist: Laura Sheridan, Google

Panelist: Justin Freeman, Rackspace

Panelist: *Anonymous Startup Founder

Panelist: Phil Thomas Di Giulio,


*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

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Local Sponsors


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.