Open Source Software, Patents, and the Question of Compatibility


Open source software has become an integral part of the software development industry. Leveraging the combined skills of an open source developer community often leads to improved time-to-market and lower costs for both development and support. However, open source software communities have adopted a wide range of licenses and patent policies, some of which can conflict with business objectives. In addition, innovators often view open development and patenting as incompatible, which can create challenges for companies attempting to create strategic patent portfolios.

On Wednesday, April 5, please join Adam Kessel, Eric Schulman, and David Kaminsky for a discussion about the intersection of open source software and intellectual property. Our presenters will cover the following topics:

  • Issues associated with open source software use
  • How companies can deploy innovative business and legal strategies to reconcile the seeming conflict between open development and patents
  • A survey of various collaborative patent organizations

Download a copy of the webinar slides.

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