The Innovation Firm

When

May 20, 2015
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where

Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H Land Blvd (Longfellow Room)
Cambridge, MA 02142

EVENT RECORDING: Strategies for Managing Open Source Software

As software companies turn towards open-source software solutions to develop robust and cutting-edge products, the enticement of highly effective technology can obscure licensing and IP risks. In order to successfully navigate through licensing and infringement pitfalls, it is critical for software companies to adopt policies and procedures to manage the use of open source software in a safe and effective manner.

Open Source word cloud

Strategies for Managing Open Source Software is an interactive panel discussion with our firm's IP attorneys, and executives and in-house counsel from small and large software companies who have wrestled with these issues.

We will delve into effective and practical strategies used by the panelists to reap the benefits of open source software while limiting a company's exposure. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Open source and intellectual property;
  • Practical recommendations for open source procurement, use, and governance;
  • Giving back to the open source community and Creative Commons; and
  • Open source legal and business resources.

 

We encourage you to join us for this informative and lively discussion.


5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Registration, networking, and refreshments
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Presentation and discussion
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Networking cocktail reception

 

Presenters from Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds:

Giovanna Fessenden

Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal

Giovanna Fessenden
Of Counsel

 

Guest Panelists:

Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana

Richard is Intellectual Property Counsel at Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions. Richard recently rejoined Red Hat's legal department, where he worked for several years as its lead open source counsel. Prior to returning to Red Hat, Richard was Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard, responsible for open source strategy and compliance. In addition to his open source specialization, Richard's work encompasses such areas as general IP counseling, drafting and negotiating contracts, and advising on data privacy, data protection and information security issues.

Richard is also a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative, which certifies licenses for conformance to the Open Source Definition. He is a frequent speaker on topics at the intersection of open source, law and policy.

Before working at Red Hat, Richard was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he was coauthor of the GPLv3 license family. Earlier in his career, his practice focused on patent litigation and patent prosecution. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a master's degree in computer science from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in history from Wesleyan University.

   
Matt Jacobs

Matthew Jacobs

Matthew is General Counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc., a consulting and software company providing end-to-end solutions for open source adoption, management, governance, and compliance. Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. In addition to being a frequent speaker on open source related topics, Matt routinely advises Black Duck’s customers with respect to leading edge open source adoption, use and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur, where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International.

Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.

   
Stephen Karp

Stephen Karp

Steve is an in-house attorney with broad experience working for various high-growth technology companies. He currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at Aspen Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing. At AspenTech, Steve is responsible for a wide range of matters, including litigation policy and management, intellectual property policy, employment law, and corporate development. Prior to AspenTech, Steve served as Corporate Counsel at Phase Forward Incorporated until the company’s sale to Oracle in 2010. Earlier in his career, Steve served as in-house counsel at IBM and as a corporate associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. Steve is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University’s School of Law.

   
Steve Kurlowecz

Steve Kurlowecz

Steve is Intellectual Property Counsel for the IBM's Analytics business unit and is responsible for all aspects of intellectual property protection for its product and service offerings, as well as related invention protection.

Prior to joining IBM, Steve was a Patent Attorney at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, focusing on patent prosecution and preparation. Steve also has 18 years of software programming experience, including eight years at IBM's Lotus Division writing parts of the 1-2-3 spreadsheet program.

Steve is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1999) and earned a Master's in Computer Science from Boston University (M.S., 1988), as well as a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Framingham State College (B.S., 1980). He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

 

Overview

When

May 20, 2015
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where

Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H Land Blvd (Longfellow Room)
Cambridge, MA 02142

As software companies turn towards open-source software solutions to develop robust and cutting-edge products, the enticement of highly effective technology can obscure licensing and IP risks. In order to successfully navigate through licensing and infringement pitfalls, it is critical for software companies to adopt policies and procedures to manage the use of open source software in a safe and effective manner.

Open Source word cloud

Strategies for Managing Open Source Software is an interactive panel discussion with our firm's IP attorneys, and executives and in-house counsel from small and large software companies who have wrestled with these issues.

We will delve into effective and practical strategies used by the panelists to reap the benefits of open source software while limiting a company's exposure. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Open source and intellectual property;
  • Practical recommendations for open source procurement, use, and governance;
  • Giving back to the open source community and Creative Commons; and
  • Open source legal and business resources.

 

We encourage you to join us for this informative and lively discussion.


5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Registration, networking, and refreshments
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Presentation and discussion
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Networking cocktail reception

 

Presenter Bios

Presenters from Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds:

Giovanna Fessenden

Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal

Giovanna Fessenden
Of Counsel

 

Guest Panelists:

Richard Fontana

Richard Fontana

Richard is Intellectual Property Counsel at Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions. Richard recently rejoined Red Hat's legal department, where he worked for several years as its lead open source counsel. Prior to returning to Red Hat, Richard was Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard, responsible for open source strategy and compliance. In addition to his open source specialization, Richard's work encompasses such areas as general IP counseling, drafting and negotiating contracts, and advising on data privacy, data protection and information security issues.

Richard is also a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative, which certifies licenses for conformance to the Open Source Definition. He is a frequent speaker on topics at the intersection of open source, law and policy.

Before working at Red Hat, Richard was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he was coauthor of the GPLv3 license family. Earlier in his career, his practice focused on patent litigation and patent prosecution. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a master's degree in computer science from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in history from Wesleyan University.

   
Matt Jacobs

Matthew Jacobs

Matthew is General Counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc., a consulting and software company providing end-to-end solutions for open source adoption, management, governance, and compliance. Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. In addition to being a frequent speaker on open source related topics, Matt routinely advises Black Duck’s customers with respect to leading edge open source adoption, use and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur, where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International.

Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.

   
Stephen Karp

Stephen Karp

Steve is an in-house attorney with broad experience working for various high-growth technology companies. He currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at Aspen Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing. At AspenTech, Steve is responsible for a wide range of matters, including litigation policy and management, intellectual property policy, employment law, and corporate development. Prior to AspenTech, Steve served as Corporate Counsel at Phase Forward Incorporated until the company’s sale to Oracle in 2010. Earlier in his career, Steve served as in-house counsel at IBM and as a corporate associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. Steve is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University’s School of Law.

   
Steve Kurlowecz

Steve Kurlowecz

Steve is Intellectual Property Counsel for the IBM's Analytics business unit and is responsible for all aspects of intellectual property protection for its product and service offerings, as well as related invention protection.

Prior to joining IBM, Steve was a Patent Attorney at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, focusing on patent prosecution and preparation. Steve also has 18 years of software programming experience, including eight years at IBM's Lotus Division writing parts of the 1-2-3 spreadsheet program.

Steve is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1999) and earned a Master's in Computer Science from Boston University (M.S., 1988), as well as a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Framingham State College (B.S., 1980). He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

 

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