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|Session Name:||The Erosion of Software Patent Protection|
|Company Name(s):||Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.|
|Track / Format:||Business, Marketing & Management|
|Overview:||Protection of software intellectual property through patents is now significantly weaker than in the past. While in many ways this is a helpful change, eliminating some patent troll issues, it also weakens software-focused firms' intellectual property values. Patents, particularly software patents, are now significantly more difficult to defend. This development will directly affect business competition and firm financing, both of which have been mediated by the implicit or explicit use of patented technology. This presentation will include details of the changes, how the court system has changed and likely responses from the business and legal community.|