Open Source Software Counseling

The use of Open Source Software (OSS) offers compelling advantages for software developers, including product flexibility, ease of integration, and development cost reductions. Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds has extensive experience in key aspects of OSS, including compliance, licensing, management, and dispute resolution. The firm considers OSS in IP strategy and portfolio review, contributing to sophisticated and cost-effective counseling to which clients have become accustomed.

Our attorneys have diverse technical backgrounds and in-depth knowledge of OSS matters, which enables us to anticipate problems that may arise in all areas of science and technologies in connection with intellectual property rights, software releases, software acquisitions, and license compliance.

Our attorneys who focus on OSS have experience in solving complex OSS problems in litigation, including litigation over license disputes. We leverage that experience in regulatory and administrative law in connection with the following services:

  • OSS audits and remediation,
  • risk mitigation counseling on using OSS code,
  • advising on cleanroom software development,
  • guidance on OSS policies through training programs,
  • ensuring license and regulatory compliance, 
  • handling transactions relating to OSS code, and
  • managing OSS litigation and dispute resolution.

We work to understand our clients' supply chain to help ensure OSS compliance throughout the supply chain. Our OSS team advises companies on how to ensure trade secret protections are maintained for software products that incorporate OSS components. For research institutions, universities, and government contractors that receive government funding, we provide counseling on government contract incompatibility and security clearance issues concerning the use of OSS. For medical device manufacturers incorporating OSS, we advise on implementing a disciplined approach to using OSS that includes risk management officers and compliance officers to assist with regulatory compliance and approval. For SaaS companies incorporating OSS in their services, we advise on ensuring OSS, GDPR, and privacy law compliance.

To meet the individual needs of clients efficiently, our firm tailors its role on a case-by-case basis. As businesses use OSS code to build their commercial products and services, they also see the strategic value of contributing to OSS projects. Our firm's OSS attorneys counsel clients toward being good corporate citizens in contributing to OSS projects, creating a strategy for OSS participation and management.

With the combination of our technical expertise, industry knowledge, and legal savvy, our experts are uniquely positioned to provide legal counsel on protecting, exploiting, and leveraging OSS assets effectively while mitigating risks. We look forward to being your OSS partner.

Open Source Software Counseling
Overview

The use of Open Source Software (OSS) offers compelling advantages for software developers, including product flexibility, ease of integration, and development cost reductions. Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds has extensive experience in key aspects of OSS, including compliance, licensing, management, and dispute resolution. The firm considers OSS in IP strategy and portfolio review, contributing to sophisticated and cost-effective counseling to which clients have become accustomed.

Our attorneys have diverse technical backgrounds and in-depth knowledge of OSS matters, which enables us to anticipate problems that may arise in all areas of science and technologies in connection with intellectual property rights, software releases, software acquisitions, and license compliance.

Our attorneys who focus on OSS have experience in solving complex OSS problems in litigation, including litigation over license disputes. We leverage that experience in regulatory and administrative law in connection with the following services:

  • OSS audits and remediation,
  • risk mitigation counseling on using OSS code,
  • advising on cleanroom software development,
  • guidance on OSS policies through training programs,
  • ensuring license and regulatory compliance, 
  • handling transactions relating to OSS code, and
  • managing OSS litigation and dispute resolution.

We work to understand our clients' supply chain to help ensure OSS compliance throughout the supply chain. Our OSS team advises companies on how to ensure trade secret protections are maintained for software products that incorporate OSS components. For research institutions, universities, and government contractors that receive government funding, we provide counseling on government contract incompatibility and security clearance issues concerning the use of OSS. For medical device manufacturers incorporating OSS, we advise on implementing a disciplined approach to using OSS that includes risk management officers and compliance officers to assist with regulatory compliance and approval. For SaaS companies incorporating OSS in their services, we advise on ensuring OSS, GDPR, and privacy law compliance.

To meet the individual needs of clients efficiently, our firm tailors its role on a case-by-case basis. As businesses use OSS code to build their commercial products and services, they also see the strategic value of contributing to OSS projects. Our firm's OSS attorneys counsel clients toward being good corporate citizens in contributing to OSS projects, creating a strategy for OSS participation and management.

With the combination of our technical expertise, industry knowledge, and legal savvy, our experts are uniquely positioned to provide legal counsel on protecting, exploiting, and leveraging OSS assets effectively while mitigating risks. We look forward to being your OSS partner.

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