New York, NY (Tuesday, May 24, 2011)—Professor Mark Webbink, Executive Director of New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations, has been named the new editor of the popular legal Web site, Groklaw, which has been covering news important to the free and open source software community since 2003.
Groklaw was founded by former paralegal Pamela Jones, who had decided to close the site on its eighth anniversary in May 2011; however thanks to the Groklaw community’s insistence that the site continue, Jones passed the baton to Professor Webbink effective immediately.
“Pam Jones set a high bar for collaborative legal news and information in her eight years creating and running Groklaw,” Professor Webbink said. “Those interested in free and open source software owe her a significant debt of gratitude. I look forward to maintaining the high standards Pam and the Groklaw community set. At the same time I am excited about the opportunity to expand the community of contributors by engaging law students in this worthwhile educational experience.”
Webbink is also a visiting professor of law at NYLS, teaching patent licensing. As the new editor of Groklaw, he plans to draw on his daily interactions with law students by including them in the site. He will have students write articles for academic credit with the long-term goal of having law and computer science professors involve their students as active contributors to the site.
Professor Webbink directs the Center for Patent Innovations, a research and development arm of New York Law School’s Institute for Intellectual Law & Property, which oversees the Peer to Patent project, run with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was formerly the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Red Hat, the premier Linux and open source vendor. During his tenure with Red Hat he developed a number of groundbreaking intellectual property practices, including Red Hat’s Patent Promise and the legal foundations for Red Hat’s subscription model for open source software. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of the U.S. patent system and the need for reform, including testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property; the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice; and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Software and Information Industry Association and a present board member of the Software Freedom Law Center.
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