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Financial Services Giant Fidelity Targeted On Open Source Software Usage

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Fidelity is the latest target of Sound View Innovations, an intellectual property licensing company, for its use of several open source software components in Fidelity’s systems and platforms. Sound View filed its lawsuit...more

Know Before You Grow: Proprietary Transportation Systems and Open Source Software Risk

by Benesch on

We live in the era of gig economies and e-commerce, where supply chains are evolving before our eyes due in part to the speed of technological innovation. All transportation and logistics services are under pressure to...more

InterConnect - Fall 2017

by Benesch on

Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability

The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most damaging data breaches in history....more

100 Million Reasons For Open Source Compliance

CoKinetic Systems Corporation filed suit against Panasonic Avionics Corporation, seeking damages in excess of $100 million, in part, for violation of the GPL v2 open source license. CoKinetic alleged that Panasonic blocked...more

Court Ruling Supports Contractual and Statutory Enforcement of Open Source Software Licenses

Despite the prevalence of open source software and its ubiquitous use in the software industry, there has been little litigation in the United States analyzing and interpreting the terms of open source licenses. On April 25,...more

Important Open Source Ruling Confirms Enforceability of Dual-Licensing and Breach of GPL for Failing to Distribute Source Code

A recent federal district court decision denied a motion to dismiss a complaint brought by Artifex Software Inc. (“Artifex”) for breach of contract and copyright infringement claims against Defendant Hancom, Inc. based on...more

Open Source Software….A Quick FAQ

Some complicated topics are easy and some easy topics are complicated. This one is actually both. So let’s just start with some of the fundamentals: What is the difference between “closed” source and “open”...more

U.S. Government Open Source Software: OMB’s Memorandum on Federal Source Code Policy Exposes IP Ownership Risk

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) promulgated an Open Source Software (“OSS”) policy via the Memorandum for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, M-16-21 (“Memorandum” or “M-16-21”). The...more

10 Key Intellectual Property Issues for M&A Deals

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Intellectual property (IP) issues are increasingly important factors in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Of the various industry sector transactions included in recent American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law...more

Know Your Code: Open Source Usage Can Close Software

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Buyout firms spent more than $39.38bn acquiring technology businesses in H1 2016, accounting for 28% of all global deal value and making technology the preferred sector for investment during the period. With investment...more

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For more than two decades, beginning with the emergence in the mid-1990s of CompStat in the New York City Police Department, local governments have been using data, combined with accountability and follow-through, to improve...more

Preparing for an Exit: Selling Your Robotics Company

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

Robots are everywhere. Healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and other critical areas of the economy are being redefined by the robotics and artificial intelligence advances of today’s technology entrepreneurs. With this...more

CareKit: Apple’s new open-source heath app platform

by Knobbe Martens on

Apple announced CareKit on Monday, a new, open-source software framework designed to help app developers in the medical care space enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. The press release states...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The SEC could change the requirements for investing in startups, and that’s not good - With its new equity crowdfunding rules soon to take effect, the...more

Startups, Know This About Open Source Before Incorporating It into Your Products

by Polsinelli on

The use of open source to develop new software products is widespread among technology startups, to the point that there are over 25 million repositories on GitHub, over 430,000 projects on SourceForge and over 21 billion...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

Mobile App Legal Terms & Conditions: Six Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website....more

7 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid To Protect IP

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Startups are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual...more

Federal Authorities Announce Settlement with Ripple Labs Inc. Resolving Investigation

by Perkins Coie on

Federal authorities announced this week a settlement with Ripple Labs Inc. and its subsidiary, XRP Fund II, resolving an investigation by FinCEN and the Department of Justice into violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.  ...more

First IoT Legal and Business Framework Webinar: Summary of Conclusions!

by DLA Piper on

Thank you all for attending our webinar on the “Internet of Things Legal and Business Framework”. For those who could not attend, the main conclusions are summarized below...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Biosimilars In The US - Introducing Cybertrak - Free and Open Source Compliance: Action Steps - Falling Prices At The Pump - Put A Premium On Energy IP - Supreme Court Corner - Excerpt...more

Free and open source compliance: action steps

by DLA Piper on

Versata Software, Inc. learned the high cost of failing to manage the use of free and open source software (FOSS) in its proprietary DCM software: its routine attempt to terminate a license for its DCM software exploded into...more

Apple’s ResearchKit Turns iPhones into Medical Devices

by Knobbe Martens on

Apple recently released ResearchKit, an open-source software platform that allows scientists to gather medical data using an individual’s own iPhone. According to The Asian Age, the new platform allows iPhone users to easily...more

Open Source Software: The Costs of Non-Compliance

by Field Law on

For software vendors, open source software (OSS) should be treated like a compliance issue - in the same way that corporate, securities or environmental compliance is a concern for many companies. The failure to manage...more

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