Let’s Talk PACER

DC and NY are gearing up for back-to-back talks on PACER, the federal courts’ online court records system.

Carl Malamud is hitting the road, and is speaking at both events, to discuss, among other things, a full day of PACER protest to take place on May 1, 2015, in honor of Aaron Swartz.

If you’re interested in participating in Carl’s campaign, check out yo.yourhonor.org.

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NY Video: Open Patent Licensing for Fun and Profit

A traditional patent license involves a payment for permission to use a new technology. But a series of new licensing models are bringing the power of open innovation into the patent arena. Can these new licenses help improve the patent system or win the patent wars? Will they incentivize R&D and attract top engineering talent? Will they stand up in court? Can they curb abusive patent litigation?

This panel discusses the evolution of technology licensing through the lens of the Defensive Patent License, Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement, License on Transfer, and more.

Michael Kasdan, Attorney and Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP

Jason Schultz, Professor, NYU Law
Andrea Casillas, Director of Linux Defenders, Open Invention Network
Brian Chase, General Counsel, Foursquare
Kevin Prey, Member of the Board of Directors of LOT Network, IP Counsel at SAP

Sponsored by HP IDOL On Demand, DomainSkate, and Clio. Thank you to our host General Assembly and the Internet Society New York Chapter for the video!

Bogota Legal Hackers Is Alive!

We are proud to announce the first South American chapter of Legal Hackers.

Daniel Santiago Acevedo has spearheaded the Bogota, Colombia chapter, and we are pumped to hear about their first event Thursday March 12.

Until then, buena suerte, Bogota!

NY Video: 3D Printing in a 2D Legal Landscape

3D printing is most certainly the next major disruption in distribution since Napster.  Yet unlike file-sharing, 3D printing takes the digital into the physical realm, giving it the potential to challenge nearly every imaginable industry on Earth.  With daily stories of printed spaceship parts and custom bikinis beside headlines like “3D printed organs for all”, can the legal community hope to shape a consumer 3D printed world or is it doomed react at every turn?

This panel examines the issues from three perspectives:  1) the current legal landscape and how it may impact consumer 3D printing, such as IP, product liability, food and drug, and controlled substance/items laws; 2) current efforts at making 3D printing a legitimate fixture in the consumer realm; and 3) minor and bold solutions to avoid a fractured legal framework for consumer 3D printing, ranging from IP and tort overhaul to mandatory licensing schemes.


Kaiser Wahab, Attorney and Partner, Riveles Wahab LLP
Zachary Lichaa, Public Policy, 3D Hubs
Jeff Trexler, Attorney, Writer, and Professor

Sponsored by HP IDOL On Demand, DomainSkate, and Clio. Thank you to our host The Yard and the Internet Society New York Chapter for the video!

Stockholm Talks Drones

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Legal Hackers’ first EU chapter is getting some great publicity after their most recent event on civilian drones.  The DC Chapter did a Drone BBQ last summer, so this is a theme Legal Hackers worldwide are wrestling with.  Here’s a note from Stockholm’s organizer, Robert Gullander:

Stockholm Legal Hackers organized an event on Jan 27 focusing on the opportunities of civilian drones. Drones (often referred to as UAVs) is an exciting technology field with many interesting legal implications. Around 100 entrepreneurs, techies and lawyers  joined together for three hours at Stockholm’s most hyped co-working space, SUP46, to mingle, listen to talks, enjoy panel discussions and to co-create. The first half of the event was focusing on two drone entrepreneurs and a drone lawyer sharing their stories and knowledge on stage. The second half was a co-creation session when all attendees joined one out of four groups to generate new ideas on different drone themes.
The ideas were presented on stage towards the end of the evening and showed a diversity of exciting innovative new opportunities within the drone field. The areas discussed were:
– Drones for Transportation/Delivery
– Aerial Visuals (photography, filming, scanning)
– Drones for performing smaller tasks and rescue missions
– Drones, just for fun
The ideas generated will be followed up at a Stockholm Legal Hackers event later this year.
The event was covered and mentioned in the largest business newspaper in Sweden with Stockholm Legal Hackers referred to as part of a global movement where lawyers and techies meet to innovate i.e. the market for legal services
Check out http://legalhackers.se for more photos and info.

Legal Hackers Korea!

Sean Hayes has formed the first Asian chapter of Legal Hackers in Korea.  Message from Sean:

I am excited to announce that Legal Hackers is, now, in Korea.  I will organize the first couple of meetings – we are, presently, discussing topics and a good location for the first meeting.

If you are interesting in joining (no fees), please drop me a line.  Love to have some young lawyers or entrepreneurs willing to take on some of the leg work.

Here is Korea’s Meetup Page!


DC: Le Hackies a Stunning Show of Civic Tech


Last week, DC Legal Hackers put on the organization’s first awards show to recognize people and projects that have made important contributions to Legal Hackers worldwide.  The event was well-attended, great music was playing, and tacos were deeeeee-licious.  Not to mention we got to geek out to all of the awesome work DC’s members put in this year. As you may be able to tell, DC has been putting in werk!

Check out the list of honorees below and this great article from Technical.ly DC!  A huge congratulations to all of the winners.  Here is DC’s full info on the event.




A huge thanks to all the sponsors who made this event possible:

The Internet Society, Fastcase, The OpenGov Foundation, Clio, HP IDOL OnDemand, GitHub, and Google

HP IDOL OnDemand Now a Sustaining Partner of Legal Hackers

Legal Hackers is proud to announce a new sustaining partnership with HP IDOL OnDemand (part of HP Big Data). With the assistance of HP IDOL OnDemand, Legal Hackers hopes to continue the international growth of its now several-thousand-members organization.

Legal Hackers and HP IDOL OnDemand recently teamed up on Code the Deal, a three-day hackathon in September of 2014 that challenged participants to create technology that improves the process of negotiating and executing legal transactions. HP IDOL OnDemand and Legal Hackers worldwide will continue to leverage the IDOL OnDemand API platform to build solutions that improve the law and legal process.

HP IDOL OnDemand and Legal Hackers have also discussed the possibility of additional new programs for Legal Hackers chapters, including additional hackathons to stimulate real solutions and a collective “summit” of the international legal innovation community. HP IDOL OnDemand has also committed to offering custom support to the Legal Hackers community.

HP IDOL OnDemand is an API platform for advanced conceptual and contextual analytics for document indexing, search and analysis. IDOL is an enterprise search solution that is leading in the legal industry and offers over 500 analytical functions for indexing, search and analysis of unstructured data, of which currently 35 functions are already available via the IDOL OnDemand API platform, while new functions are made available continuously. A free API Key can be obtained and full support for developers is available on the developer community via http://www.idolondemand.com.

Remko de Knikker is a developer evangelist at HP IDOL OnDemand and is leading the collaboration with Legal Hackers. You can contact him for questions or more information via Twitter @remkohdev or email via idolondemand@hp.com.