Open Source Software for In-House Counsel: Best Practices to Adopt and Pitfalls to Avoid

Event Description

Many companies, knowingly or unknowingly, utilize open-source software (“OSS”) in developing their products and services. Many products on the market today commonly include open-source software components as part of their Software Bill of Materials.

 

Open-source software frequently finds its way into a company’s products because it is readily accessible, free of charge, and contains features that may be useful without the need for internal development. However, many users of open-source software mistake the free-of-cost nature of this software as also meaning free of legal obligations, which in most cases it is not.  Many users of open-source software are sometimes caught up in mistaken beliefs that they are prohibited from filing for patents and other IP, which is not true. In-house counsel should be fully up-to-date on all the benefits – and pitfalls – of counseling the organization about the use of open-source software in their products and services.

 

Join us at 12pm ET on Wednesday, May 11, as Dave Stevens and McCoy Smith will take a deep dive into the world of open-source software, and help teach us how to effectively plan a company’s holistic IP program to protect their strategic assets while utilizing open source software and dealing with their required obligations. Dave and McCoy will discuss:

 

– Open-source software: what it is, what are the main types of open-source software, and what those licenses do and don’t require when used

– What legal teams should do to understand exactly what open-source software is in their products and what must be done to comply with these licenses

– How open-source licenses may create risks to a company’s vital IP assets: copyright, trade secret, and patents

– How to set up an effective open-source compliance program; and

– Recent developments and hot topics in the law of open source software.

– How to develop your IP portfolio while engaging in open source activities.

– How to educate your employees to be mindful of your open source activities and IP protection goals.

 

This webinar will help in-house counsel analyze common open source licensing issues and provide helpful guidance and insight to neutralize risks and pitfalls.

 

There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program, including any CLE credit, is FREE thanks to our fantastic sponsors, the Stevens Law Group and Lex Pan Law!

 

CLE Information

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states:  NY, IL, CA, PA, TX, TN, OH, MN and NC

 

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney and/or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND

 

This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys. If you have any questions, please email CLE@inhouseconnect.org.

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for general practitioners/corporate generalists, intellectual property attorneys, legal operations professionals, and in-house counsel who draft and negotiate IP provisions and/or are interested in learning how to better manage open source licensing issues.

 

Recording

This event will be recorded and posted within 10 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible.

 

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference

12:00 pm -1:30pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A

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Dave Stevens’ IP practice includes patent prosecution, transactions, due diligence work, agreements, opinions (including validity, infringement, patentability, right-to-practice (RTP), and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions), counseling, offensive and defensive patent issues, licensing, and litigation. He also serves as an expert witness in technical and intellectual property legal issues and has been called as a fact witness in enforcement actions involving the many patents he has written. He also is an expert in copyright (including software, publications, products and artworks, and other copyrightable forms) and open source issues. He works with foreign IP firms and foreign clients with respect to domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work. The technical focus of his practice includes electronics, computer technology, automotive technology, communications, optical systems, green technologies, software, semiconductors, and mechanical devices.

 

P. McCoy Smith is the Founding Attorney at Lex Pan Law LLC, a full-service technology and intellectual property law firm based in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A and Opsequio LLC, an open source compliance consultancy.  Prior to his current position, he spent 20 years in the legal department of a Fortune 50 multinational technology company as a business unit intellectual property specialist; among his duties was setting up the free & open source legal function and policies for that company.  He preceded his in-house experience with 8 years in private practice in a large New York City-based boutique intellectual property law firm, working simultaneously as a U.S. patent litigator and U.S. patent prosecutor.  He was also a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office prior to attending law school. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon, California & New York and to prosecute patent applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; he is also a registered Trademark and Patent Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  He has degrees from Colorado State University (Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, with honors), Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Liberal Arts) and the University of Virginia (Juris Doctor).  While in private practice, and continuing into his in-house career, he taught portions of the U.S. patent bar exam for a long-standing and well-known patent bar exam preparation course, and since 2014 has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Law, Technology & Society (JOLTS).  He lectures frequently around the world on free and open source issues as well as other intellectual property topics.

 

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Title:
Open-Source Software for In-House Counsel

Time:
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Dave Stevens’ IP practice includes patent prosecution, transactions, due diligence work, agreements, opinions (including validity, infringement, patentability, right-to-practice (RTP), and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions), counseling, offensive and defensive patent issues, licensing, and litigation. He also serves as an expert witness in technical and intellectual property legal issues and has been called as a fact witness in enforcement actions involving the many patents he has written. He also is an expert in copyright (including software, publications, products and artworks, and other copyrightable forms) and open source issues. He works with foreign IP firms and foreign clients with respect to domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work. The technical focus of his practice includes electronics, computer technology, automotive technology, communications, optical systems, green technologies, software, semiconductors, and mechanical devices.

 

P. McCoy Smith is the Founding Attorney at Lex Pan Law LLC, a full-service technology and intellectual property law firm based in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A and Opsequio LLC, an open source compliance consultancy.  Prior to his current position, he spent 20 years in the legal department of a Fortune 50 multinational technology company as a business unit intellectual property specialist; among his duties was setting up the free & open source legal function and policies for that company.  He preceded his in-house experience with 8 years in private practice in a large New York City-based boutique intellectual property law firm, working simultaneously as a U.S. patent litigator and U.S. patent prosecutor.  He was also a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office prior to attending law school. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon, California & New York and to prosecute patent applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; he is also a registered Trademark and Patent Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  He has degrees from Colorado State University (Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, with honors), Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Liberal Arts) and the University of Virginia (Juris Doctor).  While in private practice, and continuing into his in-house career, he taught portions of the U.S. patent bar exam for a long-standing and well-known patent bar exam preparation course, and since 2014 has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Law, Technology & Society (JOLTS).  He lectures frequently around the world on free and open source issues as well as other intellectual property topics.

 

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Title:
Open-Source Software for In-House Counsel

Time:
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Open Source Software for In-House Counsel: Best Practices to Adopt and Pitfalls to Avoid

About the Event

Many companies, knowingly or unknowingly, utilize open-source software (“OSS”) in developing their products and services. Many products on the market today commonly include open-source software components as part of their Software Bill of Materials.

 

Open-source software frequently finds its way into a company’s products because it is readily accessible, free of charge, and contains features that may be useful without the need for internal development. However, many users of open-source software mistake the free-of-cost nature of this software as also meaning free of legal obligations, which in most cases it is not.  Many users of open-source software are sometimes caught up in mistaken beliefs that they are prohibited from filing for patents and other IP, which is not true. In-house counsel should be fully up-to-date on all the benefits – and pitfalls – of counseling the organization about the use of open-source software in their products and services.

 

Join us at 12pm ET on Wednesday, May 11, as Dave Stevens and McCoy Smith will take a deep dive into the world of open-source software, and help teach us how to effectively plan a company’s holistic IP program to protect their strategic assets while utilizing open source software and dealing with their required obligations. Dave and McCoy will discuss:

 

– Open-source software: what it is, what are the main types of open-source software, and what those licenses do and don’t require when used

– What legal teams should do to understand exactly what open-source software is in their products and what must be done to comply with these licenses

– How open-source licenses may create risks to a company’s vital IP assets: copyright, trade secret, and patents

– How to set up an effective open-source compliance program; and

– Recent developments and hot topics in the law of open source software.

– How to develop your IP portfolio while engaging in open source activities.

– How to educate your employees to be mindful of your open source activities and IP protection goals.

 

This webinar will help in-house counsel analyze common open source licensing issues and provide helpful guidance and insight to neutralize risks and pitfalls.

 

There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program, including any CLE credit, is FREE thanks to our fantastic sponsors, the Stevens Law Group and Lex Pan Law!

 

CLE Information

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states:  NY, IL, CA, PA, TX, TN, OH, MN and NC

 

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney and/or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND

 

This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys. If you have any questions, please email CLE@inhouseconnect.org.

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for general practitioners/corporate generalists, intellectual property attorneys, legal operations professionals, and in-house counsel who draft and negotiate IP provisions and/or are interested in learning how to better manage open source licensing issues.

 

Recording

This event will be recorded and posted within 10 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible.

 

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference

12:00 pm -1:30pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A

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