EVENT: Wendy Seltzer, lawyer on Open Source Hardware Association board

February 15, 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Wendy Seltzer, lawyer on Open Source Hardware Association board
Friday, Feb 15,
6pm social hour
6:30pm talk
Room 50

Questions about intellectual property around hardware, software, and technology services can often stump developers. What’s the difference between the various open source software licenses, and how do they apply to hardware and services?  When should you think about patenting an idea, and what are the requirements? How do copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks fit into all of this? How do communities develop and articulate the norms that form the basis for IP legal instruments?  In an informal interview, Wendy Seltzer, policy counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium and board member of the Open Source Hardware Association, will offer pointers to help navigate the maze of intellectual property that comes with technology development.  Bring your IP questions for an informative conversation.
About Wendy:

Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and a Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, researching openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology; the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S., dedicated to advancing the web and empowering people by improving Web science, standards, and generative accessibility of Web; and the The Open Source Hardware Association. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and communication.

Wendy has been a Fellow with Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Boulder. She has taught Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Antitrust, Copyright, and Information Privacy at American University Washington College of Law,Northeastern Law School, and Brooklyn Law School and was a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business SchoolMedia Strategies for a Networked World. Previously, she was a staff attorney with online civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and First Amendment issues, and a litigator with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Wendy speaks and writes on copyright, trademark, patent, open source, privacy and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl and MythTV).

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