Issue #18 April 2006

Red Hat plans Summit IP panel


During the Red Hat Summit, there will be opportunities to hear from or talk to some of the leading legal experts on open source. On June 1--day 2 of the Nashville event--Red Hat Deputy General Counsel Mark Webbink will host a panel where three distinguished individuals will discuss the state of open source from a legal perspective. The slated panelists include Karen Copenhaver, a lawyer and former VP at Black Duck Software; Dan Ravicher, an attorney involved with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Public Patent Fountdation (PUBPAT), and Software Freedom Law Center; and Larry Rosen, founding partner of a technology law firm and friend of the Open Source Inititive (OSI). All four are also scheduled to give individual talks during the conference.

About Karen Copenhaver

From June 2004 until January 2006, Karen Copenhaver was Black Duck Software's Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She is currently a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP and serves as Black Duck's General Counsel. Previously, Karen was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP practicing in the area of technology licensing. In 1992 she joined Brown & Bain PA working with technology clients in their offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Silicon Valley. She has served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School in the field of Computer Law, lectured at Suffolk's Advanced Legal Series conferences on copyright law and sophisticated licensing issues, served as chair for the Practicing Law Institute's annual conference on Structuring, Negotiating, and Implementing Strategic Alliances, and is a frequent speaker at conferences devoted to issues related to open source licensing. Karen is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law (JD, 1979), and is admitted to practice in New York, Vermont, California and Massachusetts.

Karen Copenhaver will also be giving a talk titled "Managing the Legal Aspects of Software Development." This talk is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 1 at 12 p.m..

About Daniel Ravicher

Daniel Ravicher serves as Senior Counsel to the Free Software Foundation, Executive Director and Founder of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), and Legal Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Dan is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience litigating, licensing, prosecuting, and otherwise counseling clients with respect to patents. Prior to founding PUBPAT, Dan was associated with the patent law practice groups of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, and Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP, all in New York, and served the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. Dan has published several legal articles and given numerous presentations regarding patent law as an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Dan received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the Franklin O'Blechman Scholar of his class, a Mortimer Caplin Public Service Award recipient, and Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. His bachelors degree in materials science magna cum laude with University Honors is from the University of South Florida.

Daniel Ravicher will also be giving a talk titled "Software, Patents, and Patent Reform." This talk is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 1 at 2:15 p.m..

About Lawrence Rosen

Lawrence Rosen is both an attorney and a computer specialist. He is founding partner of Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm with offices in Los Altos Hills and Ukiah, California, that specializes in intellectual property protection, licensing, and business transactions for technology companies. In addition to this law practice, Larry also served for many years as general counsel and secretary of the non-profit Open Source Initiative. Larry currently advises many open source companies and non-profit open source projects including Apache Software Foundation, Python Software Foundation, and the Free Standards Group.

Larry is currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. Larry currently serves on the board of directors of International Characters, and on the advisory boards of SpikeSource, Black Duck Software, and JasperSoft. Larry's book, Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law, was published by Prentice Hall in 2004. Before he became an attorney, Larry was a computer technologist. He managed computer activities and taught computer programming and database design at Stanford University, later going into industry where he coordinated the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of data communications products.

In addition to helping bring a number of technology companies to profitability, Larry also served for many years as member of the board of directors and chairman of Silicon Valley Credit Union, and has helped form and served on the boards of several non-profit charitable and mutual benefit organizations. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, pursued a master of computer science degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his law degree from Santa Clara University.

Lawrence Rosen will also be giving a talk titled "Open Source Requires Open Standards." This talk is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m..

About Mark Webbink

Mark Webbink joined Red Hat in May, 2000 as its first General Counsel. In July 2000, he was elected Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Red Hat, Webbink was in private practice with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC where he was a member of the firm's intellectual property practice team and focused his practice on intellectual property transactions. Prior to entering the practice of law, Webbink spent 20 years in corporate finance, holding positions of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance and Corporate Controller with several Research Triangle area companies.

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Webbink holds a BA from Purdue University, an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from North Carolina Central University. He is an active member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, Licensing Executives Society, International Trademark Association, North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Mark Webbink will also be giving an opening keynote currently scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.

The Red Hat Summit will take place May 30 through June 2, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. Find out more at the Red Hat Summit website.

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