The Innovation Firm

When

October 4, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

WEBCAST RECORDING: Strategies for Commercial Software Developers Using Open Source Code in Proprietary Software

Legally Live webcast

Is Your Software Protected Against the Threat of GPL Violations and Copyright Trolls?

 

Commercial software developers are often drawn to open source code to help deliver a low cost and flexible product that can quickly be brought to market.  While there are benefits, there are also risks and pitfalls.  With the growth and influence of free software licensing, some have been asserting the General Public License (GPL) violations in litigation to attempt to gain an advantage. Please join us as we explore these issues and discuss strategies to protect your product from litigation and to evaluate whether your new product will be strengthened or weakened by the integration of open source software, and in particular the GPL.

Gain insight into:

  • Reach of the influential free software license GPL;
  • Emerging risk of copyright trolls in open source;
  • Risk of Free Software Foundation sponsored litigation in response to GPL violations;
  • Contours of what constitutes a derivative work employing Linux code in the context of the GPL; and
  • Lessons learned from the Hellwig vs. VMware case.

 

Guest Speaker:

 

Panelists:

 

Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert, MBA, LL.M.
Lead Counsel Software Licensing (LC TE SL)
Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany

As a member of the legal management team, Thomas Schubert is responsible for the software licensing activities within the Legal Technology Center of Expertise.  His team supports all software licensing and clearing matters for two major divisions (Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives) with a combined $19 billion annual revenue.  Thomas holds an MBA from Duke University and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Giovanna Fessenden

Giovanna Fessenden
Of Counsel
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Giovanna's practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on patents in video compression/codecs, trusted computing and encryption, analytics, search engines/ad serving systems, video on demand (VOD) systems, and other software technologies.  Giovanna also advises clients on open source software compliance, open source patent issues, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software.  More...

 

Mary Lou Wakimura

Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

For over 30 years, Mary Lou has assisted clients with patent preparation and prosecution, copyright registration and portfolio management. She has particular experience with computer-related technologies and systems relating to imaging, video applications, medical systems, business or transactional methods, bio/chemical analysis and processing, alternative energy, social networks and associated operations, and electro-mechanical matters, with and without a software component.  Mary Lou's practice also includes preparing infringement opinions and conducting due diligence directed to computer and software technologies.  More...

 

Overview

When

October 4, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Legally Live webcast

Is Your Software Protected Against the Threat of GPL Violations and Copyright Trolls?

 

Commercial software developers are often drawn to open source code to help deliver a low cost and flexible product that can quickly be brought to market.  While there are benefits, there are also risks and pitfalls.  With the growth and influence of free software licensing, some have been asserting the General Public License (GPL) violations in litigation to attempt to gain an advantage. Please join us as we explore these issues and discuss strategies to protect your product from litigation and to evaluate whether your new product will be strengthened or weakened by the integration of open source software, and in particular the GPL.

Gain insight into:

  • Reach of the influential free software license GPL;
  • Emerging risk of copyright trolls in open source;
  • Risk of Free Software Foundation sponsored litigation in response to GPL violations;
  • Contours of what constitutes a derivative work employing Linux code in the context of the GPL; and
  • Lessons learned from the Hellwig vs. VMware case.

 

Guest Speaker:

 

Panelists:

 

Presenter Bios
Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert, MBA, LL.M.
Lead Counsel Software Licensing (LC TE SL)
Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany

As a member of the legal management team, Thomas Schubert is responsible for the software licensing activities within the Legal Technology Center of Expertise.  His team supports all software licensing and clearing matters for two major divisions (Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives) with a combined $19 billion annual revenue.  Thomas holds an MBA from Duke University and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Giovanna Fessenden

Giovanna Fessenden
Of Counsel
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Giovanna's practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on patents in video compression/codecs, trusted computing and encryption, analytics, search engines/ad serving systems, video on demand (VOD) systems, and other software technologies.  Giovanna also advises clients on open source software compliance, open source patent issues, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software.  More...

 

Mary Lou Wakimura

Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

For over 30 years, Mary Lou has assisted clients with patent preparation and prosecution, copyright registration and portfolio management. She has particular experience with computer-related technologies and systems relating to imaging, video applications, medical systems, business or transactional methods, bio/chemical analysis and processing, alternative energy, social networks and associated operations, and electro-mechanical matters, with and without a software component.  Mary Lou's practice also includes preparing infringement opinions and conducting due diligence directed to computer and software technologies.  More...

 

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