Open source software (OSS) can shorten product development cycles and is likely something you use every day. OSS, however, is not free, and compliance with open source software may be in terms of a patent or copyright license instead of a monetary payment. In fact, OSS costs in an acquisition or merger can impact the valuation of the target, delay, or even scuttle the deal.
This webinar will focus on exploring OSS issues during due diligence. This includes examining how OSS was used by the target of the acquisition and whether such use aligns with the acquirer’s business model. The discussion will include:
- Exploring how an acquisition target uses the open source;
- Determining possible impacts on a target’s intellectual property both in terms of copyright and patents;
- Determining possible impacts on the acquirer’s intellectual property; and
- Possible ways to mitigate open source use of the target when such use does not align with the acquirer’s business model.
The moderator and panelists are experts in OSS at major technology companies.
Moderator: Joseph D’Angelo, EMC Corporation
Victor Huang, eBay
Hanna Kim, Microsoft Corp.
Karla Padilla, Qualcomm, Inc.