Karen Copenhaver, Prominent Technology Licensing and Open Source Attorney, Joins Choate

Choate Press Release

 | February 6, 2006

The law firm of Choate has announced that Karen Faulds Copenhaver, general counsel for Black Duck Software, Inc. in Waltham, MA, has joined the firm as a partner in its Business & Technology Group.  She 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.  Ms. Copenhaver, who will continue to be retained as general counsel for Black Duck, was instrumental in establishing automated methods of software compliance management as an industry best practice.

Ms. Copenhaver was a partner in Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP’s patent and intellectual property law department from 1994 through 2004 and in Brown & Bain LLP in Phoenix, AZ, and Palo Alto, CA from 1991 through 1994.  She began her legal career in 1979 at IBM Corporation and served as, among other things, site counsel for the IBM Microelectronics Division semiconductor design and manufacturing facility in Essex Junction, Vermont.  

Ms. Copenhaver is a highly sought after speaker on technology licensing and open source issues.  Over the past year she has presented at over twenty national and international events related to the adoption and management of open source software, including conferences hosted by the Open Source Development Laboratory (OSDL) and RedHat, and industry conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference, the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and the 2005 Linux on Wall Street Conference.

“Choate has spent many years building a nationally recognized business and technology practice and we are privileged to have Karen as a part of our team,” said William Gelnaw and John Nadas, Choate, Hall & Stewart’s managing partners.  “Karen is a prominent and well-respected attorney in this area.  She brings an incredibly diverse background and broad range of experience to our clients that few attorneys can match.  Choate’s clients will benefit not only from her leading-edge technology expertise but also from her insights from being on the management team of a successful venture-backed technology company.  We are thrilled that she is joining our firm.”

Ms. Copenhaver is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, California, New York, and Vermont.  She received her law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1979 and her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in 1976. 

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP is a leading law firm with nationally recognized practices in private equity, technology, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, and insurance and reinsurance litigation.  The firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to leading venture capital and buyout funds to technology startups.



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