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Jimmy Ahlberg (OpenChain Chairperson) and Eleftheria Stefanaki have published an article entitled ‘Efficient IP management in a market increasingly using open source’ on IAM.

From The Article

Imagine finding out that 90% of the software in your products is not yours but only licensed in as third-party IP.  As soon as you start reading the agreements, you realise some of them contain terms you are not familiar with or have never even heard of before, such as “source code”, “binary”, “object code”, and “system libraries”. Moreover, you cannot find basic contractual provisions such as “governing law” or “jurisdiction” in the agreements. These agreements (and there are hundreds of them) are all different, non-negotiable, ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ standard template licences.


Against this background, this article describes the significance of open source management in the context of IP management. We would like to introduce you to the OpenChain Specification 2.1 (ISO/IEC 5230:2020) on open source licence compliance, and the benefits of implementing such a programme within the framework of your existing IP management.

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