GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Patent Group Recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ John Monocello, Principal, and his patent team were recently recognized in the Pittsburgh Business Times for their efforts in helping ag-tech start-up Farm Jenny secure its first patent. Farm Jenny’s patent is for a method of provisioning a sensor to monitor livestock using an RFID-enabled mounting device. This exciting innovation measures and surveys animal activity and other important data points that generate actionable insights and lead to new ways of diagnosing and caring for animals. Please see full article here: Farm Jenny receives first patent for livestock sensor tech – Pittsburgh Business Times

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Moderated a Panel at the FLIGHT Europe 2021 Conference

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Principal, moderated a panel at the virtual FLIGHT Europe 2021 Conference on April 20, 2021. The panel, titled “A Practical Discussion on Open Source and M&A Due Diligence” addressed open source software and how it is increasingly difficult to realize the full value while managing the related compliance, security and other risks.   The panel addressed open source compliance and the significant positive and negative impact it can have on day-to-day operations and exit events (including M&A and IPOs), investment rounds and customer agreements as well as:   Recent trends and predictions Creating value […]

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Lectured on the Legal Implications of Open Source Software at New England School of Law

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Principal, presented a lecture at New England School of Law on April 16, 2021.  The lecture, titled “Legal Implications of Open Source Software” covered an introduction to IP law in respect of software, open source software 101, the impact of open source software on M&A and other transactions and approaches for navigating certain open source software licenses.

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented a Webinar with Synopsys Covering Issues with Open Source Software

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Principal, presented a webinar with Synopsys on February 18, 2021.  The webinar, titled “Why Open Source Software Compliance Matters for SaaS Offerings: Truths, Myths and Considerations” addressed open source software use in a SaaS model, including: Legal considerations around open source license compliance How open source software impacts application security Operational and strategic pitfalls to avoid Impact on financing, M&A and IPO due diligence

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Thomas Hemnes Presented a Webinar with the Boston Bar Association

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Thomas Hemnes, Principal, presented a webinar with the Boston Bar Association on January 27, 2021.  The webinar, titled “Open Source, Copyright and Privacy Issues in On-line and Distance Education” covered issues and solutions on copyright, licensing and privacy issues and solutions common to on-line educational models, including: Collection and distribution of copyrighted content from educators, students and third parties Capture and processing of personal data about the participants in the courses Regulation and mediation of the process International border issues Please email gtclawgroup@gtclawgroup.com if you would like to receive a copy of the presentation.

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented an Open Source Year in Review Webinar with Synopsys

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Principal, presented a webinar with Synopsys on January 21, 2021.  The webinar, titled “The 2020 Open Source Year in Review” highlighted significant open source software-related legal developments in 2020, including: Recent litigation Containers and related compliance challenges OpenChain and SPDX The impact of COVID-19 on open source

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GTC Law Group Announces New Principals

GTC Law Group PC is pleased to announce that Veronica Louie, Leon Schwartz, and John Stephen Wills have become Principals of the firm. M&A, Tech Transactions and Licensing and Corporate groups. Veronica joined the firm in 2011 after serving at the U. S. Federal District Court-District of Massachusetts, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.  Veronica has extensive experience counseling clients on domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures and investment transactions, with particular focus on software, information technology and data-intensive businesses. Veronica holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a […]

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco presented at the Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Summit Japan

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented at the Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Summit Japan on December 1, 2020.  His session, titled “Extending OpenChain: Beyond Compliance”, focused on leveraging the OpenChain Specification for additional value, including: As a basis for reps & warranties and due diligence in M&A and other transactions; As a maturity model for advising on implementation of an Open Source Program Office; As a mechanism for gauging operational risk; and As a basis for an open source insurance product.

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco and Stephen Pakan Published a Whitepaper on Open Source Software in SaaS Offerings

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, and Stephen Pakan, Associate, along with Synopsys, published a whitepaper titled “Open Source Software in SaaS Offerings: Truths, Myths, and Considerations”. The whitepaper examines the potential pitfalls of using open source in SaaS applications and strategic considerations to manage them. A copy of the whitepaper is available at: https://www.synopsys.com/software-integrity/resources/white-papers/open-source-software-saas-offerings.html

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David Bender, GTC Special Counsel, Data Privacy, Appeared at UC Berkeley Privacy Forum

David Bender, GTC Special Counsel, Data Privacy,  appeared on this year’s UC Berkeley Privacy Forum on October 9.  David also led the Breakout session on “EU-US Cross-Border Transfers – Latest Guidance from EU Regulators.”  David presented to a panel directed to the export of personal data from the EU in the wake of the recent Shrems II decision.  In that decision, the Court of Justice of the EU (the CJEU) invalidated the Privacy Shield vehicle for exporting personal data to the US, based on the court’s perception of US national security surveillance.  The US and the EU are now attempting to negotiate a Privacy Shield […]

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