A New Wave of IP Risks: How Open Source is Changing IP Risk in the Software Supply Chain

Open source legal experts Kate Downing, Heather Meeker, and Mark Radcliffe discuss the most common IP risks that arise from the use of open-source software today, including copyright infringement, patent infringement, reputational risk, exposure of IP secrets, and the impact on the partner or customer relationship.

What you'll learn

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to consider what one lawyer calls the “copyright war of the century” and disputes related to open source software continuing to arise, the space appears to pose increasing legal and reputational risks for businesses of all sizes.

Meanwhile, the integration of open source components throughout the software supply chain means that companies can face challenges in even identifying their open source dependencies, let alone ensuring compliance with varied licensing requirements.

To help you navigate this landscape, we present a white paper, A New Wave of IP Risk: How Open Source Software is Changing IP Risk in the Software Supply Chain, in which we look at pitfalls as varied as patent and copyright infringement, exposure of trade secrets, and reputational harm in the eyes of clients and employees.

Brought to you in partnership with our friends at Above the Law, the paper specifically explores:

How open-source software became so widespread

Why IP risks proliferate in the software supply chain

The perils of litigating open source issues

Steps for companies to consider now

About FOSSA

Up to 90% of any piece of software is from open source, creating countless dependencies and areas of risk to manage. FOSSA is the most reliable automated policy engine for security management, license compliance, and code quality across the open source stack. With FOSSA, engineering, security, and legal teams all get

complete and continuous risk mitigation for the entire software supply chain, integrated into each of their existing workflows. FOSSA enables organizations like Uber, Zendesk, Twitter, Verizon, Fitbit, and UiPath to manage their open source at scale and drive continuous innovation.

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FOSSA users benchmark 47% fewer false-positives by finding dependencies they actually rely on earlier in the SDLC.

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Only FOSSA delivers the most complete open source audit for IPOs and M&As plus 5% annualized engineering savings in the first week alone.