Rob Tiller

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Raleigh, NC

Rob Tiller is vice president and assistant general counsel for Red Hat, where he manages patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He is a frequent speaker and writer on open source legal issues. Before coming to Red Hat, he was a partner with the law firm of Helms, Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC, where he specialized in commercial and IP litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Judge Stephen Williams of the D.C. Circuit. For non-left-brain activity, he enjoys playing the piano.

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I'm with you that the live performance is the essence of the dance experience, but I think that video can be a valuable tool for introducing new audiences and choreography. I also agree that dance companies need new ways to engage with communities. I was addressing primarily the issue of sharing a performance, but there is certainly potential for broadening the idea. To me, it makes sense to start with a small experiment, see how it goes, and then perhaps expand.

Simon, I'm certain we could find a lot of things to agree on regarding the shortcomings of the U.S. patent system in treating software. But I would not agree that the best way to work to improve the legal system is an all-out, full-frontal assault. There's a chance to gain some meaningful improvement in the i4i case, which is a good thing, even though it will not resolve ever problem.