Open Source Software: Assessing The IP Risks

Law360, New York (May 4, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Over the past decade, open source software has transformed from a perceived collection of amateur side-projects into an enterprise-level stack of applications.Among the growing pains in this transition are emerging concerns regarding intellectual property risks and vulnerabilities in developing and deploying open source software.This article identifies some of these risks and examines ways to mitigate uncertainty and potential patent exposure with open source software.

What is Open Source Software?

“Open source” software comprises any software released under a license meeting the “Open Source Definition” promulgated by...
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