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Professor Mark Webbink, Director At Big Apple Law School, Named New Editor Of Groklaw

Professor Mark Webbink, Executive Director of Long Island Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations, has been named the new editor of the preferred legal Website, Groklaw, that has been covering news crucial to the free and open source software community since 2003. “Pam Jones set a high bar for collaborative legal information and news in her 8 years making and running Groklaw,” Professor Webbink asserted. “Those having an interest in free and opensource software owe her a significant debt of thanks. I’m looking forward to maintaining the lofty standards Pam and the Groklaw community set. At the very same time I’m happy about the opportunity to expand the community of contributors by engaging law students in this advantageous educational experience.” . Webbink is also a visiting law professor at NYLS, teaching patent licensing.

As the new editor of Groklaw, he intends to draw on his daily interactions with law scholars by including them in the site. He will have students write articles for educational credit with the long term objective of having law and PC science professors involve their scholars as active contributors to the site. Professor Webbink directs the Center for Patent Innovations, a R&D arm of NY Law School’s Institute for Intellectual Law & Property, which manages the Peer to Patent project, run with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was previously the Senior Vice Chairman and General Counsel at Red Hat, the premier Linux and open source seller.

During his reign with Red Hat he developed a bunch of revolutionary intellectual property practices, including Red Hat’s Patent Guarantee and the legal foundations for Red Hat’s subscription model for open source software. He has spoken and written at length on the subject of the U.S. Patent system and the need for reform, including testimony before the U.S. House of Delegates Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property ; the Federal Trade Commission and Dep. Of Justice ; and the National Academy of Sciences.

He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Software and Info Industry Organisation and a present board member of the Software Liberty Law Center. About New York Law School . The School is noted for its nine academic centres : Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for Global Law, Center for NY City Law, Center for Pro Values and Practice, Center for Real-estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Kids and Families, Institute for Info Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. NY Law College has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,500 full time scholars and 430 part time scholars in its J.D. Programme and its 4 advanced degree programs in financial services law, property, tax, and psychological disability law studies. Our web site newswire .

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