Seminar  Seminar

Open Source and Free Software 2013: Benefits, Risks and Challenges

Why you should attend

This program will address the critical issues that IP, technology and business lawyers need to consider when handling open source software in today’s economy. Armed with this information, you will be better able to help your clients make intelligent choices and decisions about how to take advantage of the benefits and manage the risks presented by open source software.

What you will learn

  • What is open source software? Why is it so important?
  • Understand open source licenses in the context of real-life issues
  • Get guidance on how to analyze an open source license and its key provisions
  • Learn about patents and standards in an open source world
  • Navigate new business models based on open source software
  • Get guidelines for effective open source development business practices
Special Feature
  • Earn one hour of Ethics credit

Who should attend

This program is designed for computer/technology lawyers, IP lawyers, in-house counsel, and outside corporate counsel whose clients develop, use, distribute or invest in technology.

9:00 Open Source Technology and License Overview

A. Setting the Stage: An Introduction to Open Source Software

  • What makes software “free” or open source”?
  • An overview of the main licenses used for open source software and how they differ
  • What are the key legal and technical issues these licenses present?
  • What license should you select if you have open source software?

B. Open Source Software and its Licenses

  • Program and product structure
  • Case study of software architecture relevant to open source
Speakers: Gabriel K. Holloway, Gervase Markham, Lawrence Rosen, Marc G. Visnick

10:15 Best Practices for License Enforcement and Avoiding Litigation
  • Analyzing OSS risk in corporate acquisitions
  • Drafting OSS provisions in corporate documents
  • Conducting effective open source audits
  • Recent cases/trends in OSS-related litigation
Speakers: Daniel Berlin, Amanda Brock

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Effective Business Practices in the Open Source Cloud
  • Drafting and implementing corporate open source policies
  • Counseling internal “clients” on open source
  • Open source issues in newer infrastructure environments
  • Open source issues in acquisitions, vendor agreements
Speakers: Adam G. Cohn, Mitch Segal

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Ethics Issues for the Open Source Practitioner
  • Ethical issues in client counseling scenarios
  • Recent ethics cases involving technology
  • Ethics in legal negotiations and disputes
  • Issues in privilege and confidentiality
Speakers: Harrison "Buzz" Frahn, Gwyn Firth Murray

2:30 Royalty-Free Patents and Open Standards in Open Source Software
  • Patent provisions in open source licenses
  • Protecting open source projects from patents
  • Recent patent litigation and legislation
  • Patents and open standards
Speakers: Geoffrey Creighton, Duane R. Valz

3:30 Networking Break

3:45 Hot Topics: Critical Issues and Important Cases in FOSS
  • Discussion of timely issues confronting the open source community
  • Developments at major open source and free software organizations
  • Expectations for the future of open source and free software
  • Strategic adoption of open source in business and government
Speakers: Pamela Chestek, Jeff Luszcz, Heather J. Meeker, Lawrence Rosen, Luis Villa

4:45 Closing Remarks

Program Attorney(s)
Willis Goodmoore ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

San Francisco Seminar Location

PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105. (415) 498-2800.

San Francisco Hotel Accommodations

The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94105. Call (800) 917-7456 seven days a week from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (PDT) and mention you are attending this program at Practising Law Institute to receive the preferred rate. For online reservations, go to to receive the preferred rate.

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Location:  San Francisco, CA
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