USB Type-C seems to be the new obsession among Android enthusiasts, as we hear more and more reports claim that it will be implemented in the next line of flagship devices. Google itself hinted in the press release of the Chromebook Pixel that more Chromebooks and Android devices would follow suit with USB Type-C. Let us know if you're excited for the upcoming changes and how USB Type-C will benefit you.
Attorney Daniel Nazer to Talk Patent Trolls at XDA:DevCon 2013
Daniel Nazer is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He also practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation.
You may be saying to yourself, “That’s great for Daniel! But, why should I care?” Well you should care for two reasons. First, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports your digital freedom. From protecting people from the Righthaven patent trolls to supporting privacy technology and helping us stand up against SOPA and other government threats to our digital lifestyle. We here at XDA support the EFF so much that we donated all profits from the sale of our book on Amazon to them.
Second, Daniel Nazer will be speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013! The last decade has seen an explosion of litigation from patent trolls, entities that produce nothing but buy patents to launch lawsuits. Recently, trolls have been targeting small companies and startups, including application developers. A flood of low quality software patents is behind this outbreak. As an independent that is developing an application this should cause you some alarm.
Even the copyleft principles of free and open source software licenses, like the much touted GNU General Public License, are difficult to apply to patents, leaving the entire FOSS community vulnerable to attacks by these idiots. With the troll problem growing, there are a number of proposed reforms being considered by Congress. However, the cogs of government move slowly. In the meantime, developers must take steps to minimize the risk of becoming the latest patent troll road kill. Nazer will be showing what steps you can take to fight back in this situation.
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