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OpenChain @ OSS Europe – Open Source and IP Departments: Risk Containment and Portfolio Management

By 2024-06-13News

Monday September 16, 2024 12:15 – 12:35 CEST

Happening in Room 0.94-0.95 (Level 0)

Part of the Operations Management Summit

Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager, will deliver a talk on how to discuss open source with IP departments.


Product teams, R&D teams and OSPOs occasionally find themselves in an adversarial situation with IP Departments around open source and how it should be managed in an organization. This is usually due to misunderstandings about how open source provides value and how the risks associated with it can be contained. With open source increasingly necessary for organizations to compete effectively, it is important to ensure all departments understand its strategic importance, and how to manage it in the context of their KPIs and requirements. This talk will explain how to collaborate with IP Departments using the language of external risk containment and internal portfolio management, and help IP Department staff assess open source as part of a diversified IPR strategy.

About Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated OIN into the largest patent non-aggression community in history and establishing the first global network for open source legal experts. He is a founder of both the first law journal and the first law book dedicated to open source. He currently leads the OpenChain Project and is a General Assembly Member of OpenForum Europe.

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