Wanted: Patent attorney who cares about software freedom.

This notice just went up at the Software Freedom Law Center…

Could it have anything to do with Microsoft filing suit against TomTom I mean Microsoft filing suit against the free world?

They don’t say, but the timing certainly is interesting:

SFLC Seeks Patent Attorney dedicated to Software Freedom

The Software Freedom Law Center, a New York based not-for-profit legal services organization that provides legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), seeks a registered patent attorney passionate about defending software freedom.

The Patent Attorney will principally be assigned to patent related legal matters, including counseling, opinion work, drafting of requests for reexamination and possibly litigation support. The Patent Attorney will also be asked to assist with other SFLC legal matters involving copyright, licensing, trademark and corporate issues. In addition, the Patent Attorney will be expected to publish writings and make public presentations on topics relating to patent law’s impact on FOSS.

In addition to being registered to practice before the USPTO, candidates should have a minimum of two years patent law experience, a software or computer science related technical background, and familiarity with FOSS. Ideal candidates will already be a competent and regular user of a Free Software operating system.

Salary is comparable to public sector legal positions in New York and not commensurate with private practice. An excellent benefits package is provided. To apply, please submit a resume in a free data format (such as OpenOffice) to attorneyposition@softwarefreedom.org. SFLC is an equal opportunity employer.

If you know a patent attorney who wants to work with a great bunch of people on protecting the free software world, please tell them about this opening!

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  1. Fair enough, but that’s not a distinction most people bother to make, or probably ever will. SFLC needs to be understood by their target audience here, which is lawyers not programmers.

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