Defensive Patent License Launch Conference – Berkeley, CA

Written by OSULEGALSCHOLARSHIP   // December 4, 2013   // Comments Off

Berkeley Law

Berkeley Law hosts the Defensive Patent License Launch Conference on February 28, 2014. The conference “will focus on innovative private-ordering solutions to address the patent threat issue. These solutions can go hand-in-hand with congressional or judicial reforms. We will discuss Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement, Google’s four possible approaches to patent licensing, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Trolling Effects resource, and other solutions. The conference will then feature and officially launch the Defensive Patent License (“DPL”).”

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 and reducing patent litigation abuse. im

 

Innovators who opt into the DPL network pledge to forgo any patent litigation against any other DPL user, except when asserting patents defensively. In return, they are eligible to receive royalty-free licenses from every other user’s portfolio. Anyone taking a license must promise to put all of her patents under the DPL. In the event that the patents are sold, DPL users must legally obligate the new owner to abide by prior DPLs. If one ceases offering one’s patents under the DPL, previous licensees keep their DPLs royalty-free, but the leaving user may have her licenses converted from royalty-free to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND) at the discretion of the remaining licensors.

With a broad strong network of reliably defensive patents at their disposal, DPL users gain freedom to innovate. The DPL is also designed to help limit lawsuit risks from patent trolls, as trolls are unlikely to pursue acquisition and enforcement of patents that have been legally obligated to defensive use and licensed to DPL users on a royalty-free basis.

 


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