Law

The Law collection is an archive of articles covering open source and legal topics.

The patent troll problem is not a new one

David Perry of Red Hat walks us through the latest from legal entities, journalists, and pop culture on why it is time to fix patents.Read more

Adobe opens legal style guide and encourages clear writing

Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are...Read more

The encryption 'access' debate heats up

Even as the US government bids adieu to Clipper Chip, an infamous episode that influenced the cryptography debate for years, there is renewed focus...Read more

How the current intellectual property landscape impacts open source

Doug Kim is a frequent lecturer on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and licensing, and will be speaking at POSSCON on Tuesday, April 14th. The title...Read more

Has the Supreme Court made patent reform legislation unnecessary?

The thrust of the US House Judiciary Committee hearing was pretty clear: Congress needs to act. And while the Supreme Court has taken some steps, it...Read more

Open source licensing practitioners speak on today's issues

The Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal held their annual symposium on open source in the legal field at Santa Clara University. Prominent...Read more

Does your open hardware project need a license?

Your open hardware project is complete, now it's time to determine if you need to license your work and if so, what options are available to you.Read more

Another idea for addressing patent trolling: eliminate jury trials

Would eliminating jury trials on patent validity remove much the inherent leverage of PAEs (patent trolls) and move the needle on patent reform?Read more