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Why patents are killing innovation

Gadgets. We all own one (or a hundred). But from Apple to Samsung to Oculus Rift, those beloved gadgets are drowning in a sea of intellectual property lawsuits, a tide that threatens to strangle tech innovation for good. Nathan Seidle, CEO and founder of SparkFun Electronics, happens to know a thing or two about IP and innovation. He made gadgets and their parts his life's work, building a multi-million dollar company for embedded electronics, all without filing one single patent application. Nathan will guide you through the world of patents, how long it really takes copycat products to appear in the marketplace, and show you how sharing can truly build profitable, growing companies. Makers, gadgeteers, and anyone interested in what the future of innovation and business looks likeā€”come hear how open-source technology will save the world.

Questions Answered

  1. How can businesses be profitable if they give everything away?
  2. Why does open-source drive innovation better than patents?
  3. What kinds of things can you protect and still be open-source?
  4. Can open-source really cut the bloat from businesses?
  5. How does open-source tech compete on a global scale?

Speakers

Organizer

Miranda Downey SparkFun Electronics


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