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Richard E. Fontana

Red Hat, Inc.
Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel
Westford, MA, USA

Richard E. Fontana is Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel at Red Hat, Inc. His responsibilities concern all intellectual property aspects of inbound and outbound software licensing, including open source, copyright, patent, and trademark issues. Fontana also participates in patent litigation defense and in public policy initiatives concerning open source, open standards, and patent reform. Prior to joining Red Hat, Fontana served as Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised and represented some of the best-known free software and open source projects and foundations. He was co-author, with Richard M. Stallman and Eben Moglen, of version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), the first update of the most widely used open source license in over 15 years. Fontana holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a master's degree in computer science from Yale University, and a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University

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