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Open Source Software

Our Open Source System (OSS) team concentrates its practice on helping companies unlock the positive aspects of OSS. We, do this, by identifying the risks of using open source software and, then, proactively mitigating those risks for our clients. Our OSS team has the skills and knowledge to evaluate any OSS that is being used by an organization and the licenses under which the OSS is licensed.

Our team includes lawyers who have been working with OSS since its earliest commercial use. Our firm represents OSS software developers/providers and also advises clients on how to successfully use OSS within their IT environments, and create and distribute products incorporating OSS. We have represented companies of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500.

Why Choose Us

  • Professionals with deep practical knowledge of open source software and the licenses that govern the use of it
  • Lawyers with computer science and electrical engineering degrees, and professionals who have numerous information technology (IT) certifications
  • Team that understands the implications of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law in working with OSS, regularly counseling clients on integrating OSS with commercial software
  • Understanding of the ramifications of OSS with domestic and international government contracts
  • Certification from the leading open source software audit organization

  • Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 2023
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Recognized in Chambers UK 2022
  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2023
  • Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as a 2020 IP Star (France) in the Patent and Trademark categories
  • Lawyers named as Client Service All-Stars by BTI Consulting 2020
  • Ranked as one of the top 10 US law firms for healthcare patent prosecution by Intellectual Asset Magazine and Ocean Tomo
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006
  • Recognized by World Trademark Review since 2016