Austin Forum The Trolls


WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2016​ | Stateside Theater | 6:00pm

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Lex Lybrand
Director, Greenless Studios

Kirk Cesari
Executive Producer & IP Attorney

Pat Dean
Actor, Comedian, Musician

Andrew Donoho
Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF)

Stateside Theater
719 Congress Ave.
Downtown Austin

5:15pm Doors and Cash Bar
6:00pm Presentation, Q&A
7:00pm Reception

What is a patent troll? How do they infringe on technology innovation? Can you protect your intellectual property (IP)?

You’re invited to an advanced screening of THE TROLLS, written & directed by Austin filmmaker, Lex Lybrand (SUMMER LEAGUE, MEET ME THERE), starring Rob Gagnon (GOOD NIGHT, TX), Lisa Friedrich (MEET ME THERE), Pat Dean (VICE), and Katie Pengra (PRETTY AWFUL), and executive-produced by Cesari & Reed, LLP.

THE TROLLS chronicles a fictional Austin start-up taking on the patent troll industry. Fresh off of breaking Kickstarter’s fundraising record, they lose everything they’ve built to an East Texas troll.

Their revenge plot? It’s simple. They plan to troll the trolls.

Using a centuries-old legal loophole, the scrappy start-up obtains a patent for being a patent troll. This allows them to – you guessed it – troll the trolls.

Following the screening, learn more from the expert panel about the effects of patent trolls on technology businesses and inventors. Pat Dean, Actor, Kirk Cesari, IP attorney, and Andrew Donoho, of EFF-Austin, will share their thoughts on patent trolls– persons or companies who buy existing patents on the cheap from inventors and small companies instead of creating new products or ideas. Trolls profit by threatening and/or filing legal action unless the alleged infringer agrees to pay an expensive licensing fee. Learn how companies and inventors can protect their IP and their innovative ideas from these malicious practices.

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Lex Lybrand

Lex Lybrand

Kirk Cesari

Kirk Cesari

Pat Dean

Pat Dean

Andrew Donoho

Andrew Donoho

Lex Lybrand of Greenless Studios is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and actor. Greenless Studios is a full service multimedia production company based in Austin, Texas. They tackle creative projects ranging from web design to marketing project management to feature film production & distribution.
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Kirk Cesari is a partner in Cesari & Reed, LLP, admitted to practice in Texas, Minnesota, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kirk has a background in electrical engineering. He is the executive producer of The Trolls and an avid traveler and all around cool dude.
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Pat Dean is a comedian and musician based in Austin, Texas. He has been featured on the Moontower Comedy Festival, VICE, and Hell Yes Fest. He also hosts Storyfellers, Austin’s #12-rated podcast and an Austin Chronicle’s “local favorite”.

Andrew Donoho has a 30+ year history developing both hardware and software in Austin, TX. He has been awarded three patents and has made important contributions to the SVG and HTML web standards. He also helped steward the birth of the Mozilla Foundation, thus saving an open web. He has lived on both sides of the patent system — both as a patent holder and as an open source/open standards partisan. Andrew serves on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)- Austin.
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