GTC Law Group Welcomes Brad Goldring

GTC Law Group PC & Affiliates announced that Brad Goldring has joined the firm and will practice in the firm’s Open Source Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions groups. Brad comes to GTC with extensive experience counseling and developing risk mitigation strategies for large enterprises surrounding their use of open source software in all facets of their businesses. Brad is an excellent fit for GTC’s open source team, most of whom are former software developers and who have, collectively, reviewed thousands of code scan reports across hundreds of transactions. Brad comes to GTC from Ford Motor Company, where he supported commercial […]

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Schrems II Advisory

On July 16, 2020 the EU’s highest court came down with a decision that will have major ramifications for all US companies that import personal data from the EU. We are including a client advisory in the link below directed to various ways in which companies may be able to cope with the aftermath of this decision. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your contact attorney at GTC Law Group. Schrems II Advisory_07_20_20 Schrems II: The Noose Tightens  The Schrems II decision handed down by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) on July 16, 2020 creates [...] Read more »

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a session at Synopsys’ Flight Europe 2020 Conference

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a session at Synopsys’ Flight Europe 2020 Conference on July 14, 2020. The presentation covered managing tech due diligence from a social distance and offered tips for: • Managing software due diligence and audits in the current environment • Leveraging tech due diligence providers and tech-focused legal counsel to minimize risk

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, Presented a Webinar with Black Duck

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a Webinar with Black Duck on June 4, 2020. The webinar, titled “Managing Tech Due Diligence From a Social Distance”, covered: • Tips for managing software due diligence and audits in the current environment • Setting realistic expectations and gaining insight from more limited information • Leveraging tech due diligence providers and tech-focused legal counsel to minimize risk

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Leon Schwartz Authored a Post for Flexera’s Software Composition Analysis Blog

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Leon Schwartz authored a blog post which was published on Flexera’s Software Composition Analysis blog on May 14, 2020. The blog post titled: “Open Source Software Licensing: Not everything is as it seems” showcases that open source licensing is not always straight-forward and highlights the need for diligent review. Read more here: https://www.flexerasoftware.com/blog/software-composition-analysis/2020/05/open-source-software-licensing-not-everything-is-as-it-seems/

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Supreme Court Decision on Remedies for TM Infringement

Last month, the Supreme Court, in its decision Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Grp., Inc., 140 S. Ct. 1492 (2020) clarified that a finding of willfulness is not a pre-requisite for consideration of a profits award under 15 U. S. C. §1117(a) of the Lanham Act. Essentially, what this means is that it is no longer required for a plaintiff to prove than an infringer willfully infringed the plaintiff’s trademark(s) in order to ask for the infringer to have to disgorge their profits from the infringement. However, the court took care to make sure that a defendant’s state of mind […]

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Anthony Decicco Co-authored a Software Integrity Blog with Synopsis

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Anthony Decicco co-authored a blog post with Synopsis on May 5, 2020. The blog post titled: “Navigating M&A Tech Due Diligence From a Safe Distance” covers practical tips for completing tech due diligence and focusing on open source software when teams can’t meet in person. Read more here: https://www.synopsys.com/blogs/software-security/tech-due-diligence-social-distance/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=eloqua

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco and Leon Schwartz Presented a Webinar with OpenChain

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco and Leon Schwartz presented a webinar on May 4, 2020 as part of OpenChain’s biweekly Webinar Series. The webinar provided a brief overview of open source-related topics in the context of mergers, acquisitions, financings, investments, IPOs, divestitures, loans, customer license agreements, rep and warranty insurance and other transactions. The webinar covered: • Types of open source risk • Open source due diligence as part of transactions • Open source-related terms in agreements • Strategic use of open source in transactions

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GTC Law Group PC & Affiliates’ Leon Schwartz Presented a Webinar with Strafford

GTC Law Group PC & Affiliates’ Leon Schwartz presented a webinar with Strafford on April 1, 2020. The webinar, titled “Managing IP While Using Open Source: Copyright and Patent Licensing” covered: • Risks and benefits of open source • Balancing open source and proprietary code • Managing and protecting IP in software that uses open source • Open source license compatibility issues • Open source license patent issues • Litigation issues involving patents and open source • Practical implications

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