Does the U.S. Patent System stifle innovation?

Does the U.S. Patent System stifle innovation?
An Oxford-style debate co-hosted by ZERO1 & Connected Patents
November 5th 6:30-8:30 at the ZERO1 Garage

Navigating the US Patent System is no easy task. Is it worth it? And what alternatives are offered through the open source community? This event uses a lively debate format to investigate the current state of the U.S. Patent System and what changing patent rules mean to artists and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond. Debate participants will include Jaz Banga, CEO & Co-founder of Connected Patents; Laura Sydell; correspondent for NPR, Patent Pending artist Scott Snibbe; Christopher Kelty, Author of "Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software," and moderated by Eric GoldmanProfessor of Law and Director of the High Tech Law Institute.

   Presented with the support of DLA Piper.    

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Motion: The U.S. Patent System stifles innovation.

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    Laura Sydell
    Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR



    Scott Snibbe
    Interactive media artist, research and entrepreneur

    Jaz Banga 
    Serial Entrepreneur and CEO/Co-founder of Connected Patents



    Christopher M. Kelty
    Associate Professor at UCLA and author of "Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software" Significance of Free Software" 







Every vote counts! Vote online now and then check back on November 5th to see the debate results. 

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More about the participants:

Moderator: Eric Goldman
Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is also Director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, intellectual property and marketing law. Before becoming a full-time law professor, Eric practiced law in the Silicon Valley for 8 years, first as a technology transactions attorney at Cooley Godward LLP and then as General Counsel of, an Internet start-up company. Prior to Santa Clara, he was an Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School and the University of San Francisco Law School.

Jaz Banga
Jaz is a serial entrepreneur best known for delivering Google Wi-Fi to the City of San Francisco. He continues to provide free Wi-Fi to the Union Square neighborhood as an act of philanthropy. As an inventor he holds 37 patents and, through the process of developing creative technologies, became well-versed in the field. He works with inventors in all fields including software development, biotech research and telecommunications.  Jaz was mentored in entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley by the late Dr. John Freeman. He is currently the CEO/co-Founder of Connected Patents, a team of experienced entrepreneurs that apply an innovative and unique approach to building and leveraging IP portfolios. Previously he founded Cobalt Technology in Toronto, followed by a move to Silicon Valley where he founded Unwire Now, Inc. and Feeva, Inc. 

Christopher M. Kelty
Christopher M. Kelty is an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Trained as an anthropologist, he teaches and researches the history, politics and culture of information technology.  He is the author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), which is a history and ethnography of free and open source software production (  He has also written about the nature of information sharing in science (in genetics and in nanotechnology), and has been deeply involved in the fight for expanding open access to scholarly publications.  His current projects include a large-scale NSF-funded comparative study of forms of participation, ethnographic research on book piracy and its policing, and a scholarly magazine called Limn (  He holds no patents, but he loves reading old ones. 

Scott Snibbe
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney and MoMA and his large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, and airports, including collaborations with Björk and James Cameron.  Snibbe holds more than 15 patents, was one of the early developers of the special effects software Adobe After Effects, and is the CEO of Snibbe Interactive and Snibbe Studio. 

Laura Sydell
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for the NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Before joining NPR in 2003, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, Sydell looked at the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust.