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Tuesday, October 27 • 14:45 - 15:05
Keynote: Patently Obvious - The Year the Lawyers Came to FOSS - Neil McGovern, Executive Director, The GNOME Foundation

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In August 2019, GNOME was notified that it was being sued in the state of California over a broad patent that allegedly covered Shotwell, a photo management application. The plaintiff? A prolific filer of patent
suits, and a patent assertion entity. This was the first time that a FOSS project has been sued for patent infringement.

This talk is the story from the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, on how he responded and the strategies are taken to not only defeat the suit but to secure a ground-breaking agreement which means that this particular PAE will never be able to sue any FOSS project ever again.

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Neil McGovern

Executive Director, The GNOME Foundation
Neil McGovern has been involved with open source software for over 20 years, both personally and professionally. Starting in the Debian project, he held various roles, cumulating in him becoming Debian Project Leader from 2014-2015. He has also served on the boards of numerous organizations... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 14:45 - 15:05 GMT
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