Karen Copenhaver Named Co-Counsel to Linux Foundation

Choate Press Release

 | September 30, 2007

Choate today announced that Karen F. Copenhaver, a partner in Choate’s Business & Technology Practice Group and a nationally recognized thought leader and resource in legal issues relating to the development and licensing of open source software, has been named a co-leader of the Linux Foundation’s legal team. 

In this role, Copenhaver will work with the Linux Foundation members to develop intellectual property strategies that will foster further innovation and adoption of Linux.  Copenhaver will also co-host and co-lead two Linux Foundation Legal Summits over the next 12 months.

The Legal Summits will provide the only vendor-neutral forums in which leading attorneys from open source companies and the community can collaborate to understand and solve legal issues surrounding Linux and open source software.  The first of these Summits will be held at Choate’s Boston office from October 25 - 26, 2007 and will be open only to Linux Foundation members and their legal counsel.  The second Summit is scheduled for Spring 2008 and will be expanded to include legal experts from all backgrounds.

Ms. Copenhaver is a nationally recognized attorney in technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of software licensing and open source business models.  Prior to joining Choate, she was executive vice president and general counsel at Black Duck Software, where she continues to serve on the Board of Advisors.  Ms. Copenhaver has served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School in the field of Computer Law, lectured at Suffolk's Advanced Legal Series conferences on copyright law and sophisticated licensing issues, and served as chair for the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference on Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic Alliances.  She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to technology licensing and open source software.

Choate is a leading law firm with nationally recognized practices in private equity, business and technology, litigation, intellectual property, wealth management, and insurance/reinsurance.  The firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to leading venture capital and buyout funds to technology startups.

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux.  Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world.  The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.


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