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Heather J. Meeker

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA


Heather Meeker advises technology clients on intellectual property matters. Her practice focuses on counseling in the following areas:

  • Technology transactions, including licenses, channel sales agreements, development agreements, university technology transfer, and consumer contracting 
  • Open source software licensing, including IP strategy, compliance, transactions, and disputes 
  • Technology and IP issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, and other IP matters  

Heather has achieved national and international recognition for her leadership in the field of intellectual property law. Drawing on her technical knowledge and experience, she approaches matters with a practical and business focus. Heather handles technology transactions and intellectual property-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions for companies in all technology sectors and for non-technology companies doing technology deals, with an emphasis on IT and software.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, Heather practiced at an AmLaw 20 firm, where she served as chair of the firm’s IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group, as well as the co-managing shareholder of its Silicon Valley office.

 

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1994: Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Technology Law Review (1993-1994)
  • Yale University, B.A., Economics, 1979: magna cum laude

 

Experience

  • Provided representation in open source disputes, including Oracle v. Google, Continuent v. Tekelec, and FSF v. Cisco.
  • Participated in drafting team for Mozilla Public License version 2.0.
  • Serves as advisor to the ALI project on the law of software contracting and the Restatement of Copyright Law.
  • Provided counsel to many open source software and technology efforts, including Mozilla Foundation, Cloudfoundry.org, OROPO Foundation, Open Compute Project, and Open Networking Foundation.
  • Authored "Open Source for Business," a handbook for engineers, business persons, and lawyers to understand the use of open source licensing in private enterprise.

 

Professional Activities

  • Former Council Member, American Bar Association Science and Technology Section (2006 - 2010) and Former Chair, Open Source Committee, Section of Science and Technology Law
  • American Law Institute (2006 - present)
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for the San Francisco Bay Area (2006 - present)
Heather J. Meeker is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Hot Topics: APIs and Open Source - Open Source Software 2017 – From Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF) - IP Issues in Business Transactions 2018 (SF), Monday, February 12, 2018
IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open - Internet of Things 2018: Everything is Connected, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Community Data License Agreement—Permissive—Version 1.0 - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Philosophy of Free and Open Source Software - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Patrick McHardy and Copyright Profiteering (August 24, 2017) - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Community Data License Agreement—Sharing—Version 1.0 - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
B.V. v. University of Germany, Case 4 O 133/15, Fourth Civil Chamber Halle Regional Court (July 27, 2015) (English translation) - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Open Source Software Rules for Start-ups, Part 1 - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Context for Using Community Data License Agreements - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Community Data License Agreement: Collaborative Licenses to Enable Access, Sharing Use of Data Openly Among Individuals and Organizations - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
AGPL: Out of the Shadows - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Common Open Source Licenses - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Data Security and Open Source, 2017 Update (October 23, 2017) - Open Source Software 2017 – from Compliance to Cooperation, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Heather J. Meeker, Melody Drummond-Hansen, Hana Oh and Stacy Yae, “Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary Versus Open” Companion Article - Internet of Things 2018: Everything Is Connected, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Ch. 4, License Compatibility, Open (Source) for Business (2nd Edition) (April 2017) - Internet of Things 2018: Everything Is Connected, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Ch. 5, Conditional Licensing, Open (Source) for Business (2nd Edition) (April 2017) - Internet of Things 2018: Everything Is Connected, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open (Spring 2018) (PowerPoint slides) - Internet of Things 2018: Everything Is Connected, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Hot Topics: APIs and Open Source - Hot Topics: APIs and Open Source, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF) - Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF), Monday, February 12, 2018
IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open - IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open, Thursday, June 28, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Hot Topics: APIs and Open Source - Hot Topics: APIs and Open Source, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF) - Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF), Monday, February 12, 2018
IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open - IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open, Thursday, June 28, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Open Source Software 2017 – From Compliance to Cooperation, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA
IP Issues in Business Transactions 2018 (SF), Friday, February 16, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Internet of Things 2018: Everything is Connected, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Transcripts  Transcripts Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF) - Nuts and Bolts of Due Diligence (SF), Monday, February 12, 2018
IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open - IoT: Technology Protocols & Standards: Proprietary versus Open, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Open Source Software 2018 -- from Compliance to Cooperation, Wednesday, November 28, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Open Source Software 2019 - from Compliance to Cooperation, Tuesday, October 01, 2019, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Open Source Software 2018 -- from Compliance to Cooperation, Wednesday, November 28, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Open Source Software 2019 - from Compliance to Cooperation, Tuesday, October 01, 2019, San Francisco, CA
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