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Open Source: Turning a Traditional Pitfall into Opportunity

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221-9704, US (map)



TechAmerica (formerly known as AeA) Open Source: Turning a Traditional Pitfall into Opportunity Presented by: AeA Technology and IP Committee

About the program:

Portland has a productive and creative open source community, and great business advantage awaits companies who can use open source code to make a better proprietary product cheaper or faster. However, traditional thinking divides companies into two camps: open source companies, which embrace the open source business model and have no proprietary products, and proprietary software companies, which may want to use open source software either in the development process or as part of the product, but which often dare not risk doing so because of the legal risks.

Portland's open source community is vibrant and energetic. Can proprietary companies tap into that creativity while avoiding the legal pitfalls?

A panel of local entrepreneurs will discuss new law on open source license agreements, how local technology companies have successfully (or not so successfully) incorporated open source code into their proprietary products, and their best advice as to how a company can navigate the legal and technical minefields to get better products to market faster by harnessing open source innovations.

What Will Be Discussed?
* Effective strategies for managing the legal risks of including open source in proprietary code * Local technology companies? experiences managing investor concerns regarding open source * How to determine whether open source code offers value to your company

Moderator: Brenna Legaard, Partner, Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, LLP Brenna will discuss what courts have recently had to say about open source licenses, the legal consequences of violating them, and how companies can manage the legal risks of using open source code in proprietary software.

Panelists: Stuart Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Collaborative Software Initiative Cohen is responsible for marshaling CSI's leadership team and IT business and technology leaders to apply open source methodologies to software development and business communities.

Bill McQuaide, Executive Vice President of Products and Services, Black Duck Software Bill will review what you need to know about how to protect your software value in a merger or acquisition and how to accelerate software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code.

Carl Ruggiero, Trilinear Technologies Carl has real world experience integrating open source software into commercial products, including managing legal issues and investor concerns. He will discuss his approach and what he has learned from these experiences.

Event Details: Date: May 19, 2009 Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am, 7:30 am - 8:00 am - Networking & Breakfast, 8:00 am - 10:00 am - Program and Q&A Location: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR - Skyline Banquet Room Fees: Members $50, Non members $110