A hour with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer

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Ever want to spend an hour talking with one of IBM’s top intellectual property lawyers? Well, generally you don’t because that means he’s getting involved in your life. So, I did it for you and we have an interesting conversation about all sorts of legal things with David Kappos, IBM vice president and assistant general counsel. Patent trolling. Open source licensing. How and why the patent system should be overhauled. That kind of stuff.

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6 Responses to “A hour with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer”

  1. A conversation with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer « Scobleizer Says:

    […] A conversation with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer At the AlwaysOn conference I sit down with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer. We talk about how he’d remake the patent system. The open source licenses he likes. Patent trolls. And a lot more. […]

  2. Another 19th Century Model that needs to be reformed « Jim’s Blog Says:

    […] 19th Century Model that needs to be reformed Jump to Comments Is the Intellectual Property system (patents, copyrights, etc). The world has moved from an era ofindividual inventors (see Thomas Hughes: American Genesis) to one which creates by cooperation across cultures, across national boundaries and across coporate boundaries. Robert Scoble interviews IBM’s IP attorney – and he emphasizes this point. […]

  3. John Willis Says:


    1)Asking the IBM top intellectual property lawyer when is it too soon for a developer to get patent advice?

    You got to be kidding me. Did you expect any other answer?

    2)I know I am twisting it a little but it makes me chuckle to think of an IBM lawyer analogy of developers pre-disclosure of an invention is like a kid playing with scissors. I love it…

    3)I think it’s someone ironic that IBM would say that patents in IT are too easy. (See Does IBM Have a Toll Booth on the Internet?)

    However overall it was an excellent interview.

    John Willis

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    […] Free bonus: Robert Scoble (Podtech) video interview with David Kappos, IBM vice president and assistant general counsel about patents. When asked what he would do to the patent system “if he is a king for a day” he basically says he will … aaah, see the video yourself: […]

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  6. Wired? Tired? Linkbaiting? I wish | Just the top news Says:

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