Policy Driven Continuous Software Intellectual Property Management

Richard Mayer (Protecode Inc.)

Industry Vertical · Long Talk
Tuesday, 13:30, 50 minutes | Room 207 | Download in iCal Format


Richard Mayer

There is tremendous value added when a company develops its software safely with respect to intellectual property. These are exciting times in open source, but the already impressive growth and adoption rates could be even further increased by simplifying software IP issues in the development process. Eclipse and open source success has also amplified the challenges: How does a developer, project leader or development manager keep track of the variety of licenses and the potential compatibility issues.

In this talk we will discuss traditional approaches to identifying and publicly comparing external content and maximizing the results. In addition, annotation by cross referencing can further reduce the unknown content. But external content is not just open source: Commercial and other proprietary software must also be considered. Up until recently, this process has been manual, complex and expensive. Challenges arise in how to share the effort across organizational boundaries and how to make the process scalable. Early detection is critical to minimize the cost impact of delays dealing with problems – eliminating duplicated effort and project delays. IP management should be an integral part of the entire development process. Furthermore, IP contamination is mostly unintentional and the development community needs a simple and stress free solution that lets everyone focus and get on with normal day to day activities.

The best way to start is with a clear IP policy. Open source use can be convenient and encouraged or on the other hand, against the business strategy. Even if it is encouraged, the new and evolving licenses, variants and compatibilities are almost mind numbing. But how does an enterprise ensure that everyone understands and is following the policies? Why do developers have to interact with lawyers? If developers could be freed from the FUD impacts of using open source, the adoption rate could grow even faster. Software pedigrees could simplify open source contribution as well as making collaborative developments easier to manage while establishing ownership, authorship and licensure. This talk will finish by explaining how to free developers from lawyers by continually and automatically managing software IP:

Richard deals with software intellectual property issues of software companies as Vice President of Marketing for Protecode. With over 20 years experience in datacom and optical networks in both startup and large corporate environments he offers a breadth of experience and understanding of customer and technology challenges in the telecommunications and IT sectors. Prior to joining Protecode, Richard led and successfully turned around a business unit at JDSU. He began his career at Nortel where he held increasingly senior roles in marketing, product management and sales including a 5 year international posting. Richard has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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