Sunday, April 30 • 13:30 - 14:20
Patents: The Next Open Access Fight

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Patents were invented to reward inventors for contributing to the public body of knowledge. Unfortunately, the patent system can be exploited in ways that undermine public interests and chill creativity. In this session, we'll talk about issues in the patent system and ways that innovators are trying to reshape into a tool for public good. We'll discuss ways that the Creative Commons community can help build a stronger commons for innovation.


Elliot Harmon

Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Ryan Merkley

CEO, Creative Commons
"Pick big fights with your enemies, not small fights with your friends." Copyright, CC licenses, open government, data, education, and open access. Public domain, policy. Espresso. Bicycles.
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Diane Peters

General Counsel, Creative Commons
I lead the legal team and legal programs at CC.

Sunday April 30, 2017 13:30 - 14:20
Parkdale Room (full room)

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