Patents, Product & Reform: A national conversation on the future of software patents.
The software patent system poses a significant challenge for developers. Patent trolls, product life cycles shorter than the patent process, and general uncertainty threatens to stifle innovation and growth in the app industry. Throughout the year, the Application Developers Alliance will host events around the country and invite developers to share stories of claim letters, lawsuits, the challenges they face, and the need for software patent reform.
Patents Summits will bring developers, policymakers, and patent experts together to discuss practical topics like assertion and defense strategies for startups and examine the issue of policy reform. Each event will feature a patent expert, followed by a panel discussion between policymakers, app developers, and attorneys.
Phil Thomas Di Giulio
Justin Freeman is Corporate Counsel at Rackspace Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing. He has both legal and technical expertise in the rapidly expanding field of cloud computing law. Justin primarily represents Rackspace Hosting in technically complex enterprise transaction agreements, leads legal product review and development efforts and directs public policy matters with an emphasis on cloud computing, security and privacy issues. Justin currently focuses on all things OpenStack at Rackspace (including associated licensing agreements and the rapidly expanding OpenStack ecosystem). Justin has an extensive technical background including specialization in network security systems and patient care critical healthcare IT systems. Justin is a graduate of the UT Austin Plan II program and the SMU Dedman School of Law, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Patent Counsel, Google
Associate, SorinRand LLP
Tim Sparapani is the Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Sparapani is responsible for developing and implementing the company's interaction with the federal, state and local governments and with opinion and policy makers.
Sparapani's specialty is privacy and constitutional law. Prior to joining Facebook, Sparapani was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch and before the media. For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Sparapani served as an Associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political and policy challenges.
Sparapani holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.