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Friday, December 7 • 14:00 - 14:20
Trademarks in Open Source - Hilary Richardson, Google LLC

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Developers often have questions about the use of trademarks in open source projects, yet very few trademark attorneys weigh in on this topic. Non-attorney advice on the topic abounds in message boards with varying degrees of accuracy. Our recent casebook chapter on trademarks in open source attempts to shape the conversation on common questions about trademark usage based on actual case law. In-house compliance officers can expect to field questions about how to handle trademarks in open source, and may need to consider how to draft an open source trademark policy. Can developers simply license trademarks the same way that they license copyrights and patents? Does forking run in opposition to trademark protection? Why should developers care about trademarks? Tune in for a thoughtful discussion of these topics.


Hilary Richardson

Open Source Attorney, Google
Hilary Richardson is an open source attorney at Google. She performs licensing due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures, reviews commercial contracts for licensing issues, and sets open source policy across the company. Hilary co-authored an open source casebook chapter about... Read More →

Friday December 7, 2018 14:00 - 14:20 JST
Conference Room 7&8