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Defensive Patent License: Birthday Party (11/15/13)


Please join us to celebrate the birthday of the Defensive Patent License (DPL)!


 Short Program and Birthday Party

Friday, November 15, 2013

Panel Discussion 4:30-6:00 PM
Reception 6:00-8:00 PM

Internet Archive
300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, 94118

 Click here to RSVP for the Birthday Party


Launch Conference
February 28, 2014

Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, 94704


The current patent system poses a growing threat to innovators. Broad weak patents can take out legitimate competitors and prevent new entrants' access to the marketplace. Patent trolls buy these broad patents and are using them to threaten everyone from large companies and start-ups to municipalities and non-profits.

The DPL is a new legal mechanism designed to protect innovators by networking patents into powerful, mutually-beneficial legal shields that are 100% committed to defending innovation. Innovators who opt into the DPL network cannot use their patents against any other DPL user, except defensively. DPL users are free to obtain licensing fees or bring infringement suits outside of the DPL network, but they must remain defensive within it. Anyone can take a royalty-free license to all DPL patents in exchange for a promise to put their own patents under the DPL. In the event that patents are sold, their new owners must also follow the DPL.

With a broad strong network of reliably defensive patetnts at their disposal, DPL users gain freedom to innovate. The DPL is also designed to help limit lawsuit risks from patent trolls, because a patent that can only be used defensively is a patent that is unattractive to a troll.

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The Internet Archive is located at 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, 94118. Click here for a map.

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Public Transport:
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The Internet Archive recommends that out-of-town guests book a room at the Hotel Kabuki. Please click here for more information.