January 16, 2019 CLE: Patent Issues on Open Source Software and Standards Organizations

Event NotesPatent Issues on Open Source Software and Standards Organizations
This presentation material is provided by Mike Allen, David Rudin, John Whitaker, and Ann Woodliff as a courtesy to the WSPLA members. The use of the slides and any information contained therein by the recipient does not constitute legal advice.


Do your clients use or distribute open source software? Do they implement technology covered by a standard or participate in standards organizations? How do you help them understand the patent and IP implication of these activities? Join us for a 90 minute-program that provides an introduction of patent and IP issues related to open source software and standards organizations. You will hear diverse perspectives from a panel of attorneys on how to deal with the issues. The program will include materials on


1. Examples of different types of agreements for standards organizations
2. Discussion of a few cases on standards agreements
3. Examples of open source licenses and how they affect patent rights
4. Discussion of an example case associated open source licenses
5. Panel discussion on patent/IP implications on standards and open source software



  • Mike Allen, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
  • David Rudin, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
  • John Whitaker, Of Counsel, Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness
  • Ann Woodliff, Attorney at Law
  • Thomas Wong, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft (Panel Moderator)