Intellectual Property is an important business tool in the hands of Start Ups and small companies. Its value assumes higher importance during a crisis. As many businesses work hard to survive the crisis posed by the COVID pandemic, the crisis has opened new avenues to innovative and creative Start Ups. Start Ups that are able to build strong and valuable IP during this time, whether related to COVID or not, have a unique opportunity to succeed and thrive.
In order to …
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How to take advantage of IP in today’s business context in India?
Intellectual Property has today emerged as an important business tool in India. From financial valuation and increasing business revenues to gaining business advantage and market share, IP is being used effectively by large…
This post was first published on 17th January 2011.
Open Source Software adoption has taken a large stride in 2010. and so did enforcement of OSS licenses. Software Freedom Law Center has been taking the lead by filing suits against GPL violations. Despite the increasing number of OSS suits, none has till date gone the full distance. The cases are generally settled through compliance, withdrawal and/or payment of compensation.The recent withdrawal of an Open Source Software after alleged violation of GNU…
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Open Source Software (OSS) is today an integral part of every software development project, and there are open source projects for almost every utility and functionality. Software relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not an exception, and there are several AI linked open source initiatives targeting the automotive sector. From autonomous vehicles to telematics, there are many open source projects addressing different aspects of mobility. Some examples of specific AI projects for the…
This post was first published on April 25, 2011.
Risks inherent in use of open source software from patents have finally seen the light of the day. Patent risks in use of open source software came to be a reality with filing of patent suits by companies like Firestar, Microsoft and so on against open source businesses and users. However, none of the cases went the full distance earlier as they were settled out of court. The story is however different…
This post was first published on 20th March, 2011.
General Public License (GPL) is one of the most stringent open source licenses. Being a license created by Free Software Foundation, it may be termed as a strong copyleft license. One of the primary objectives of the license is to spread the philosophy of free software foundation to make source code available for copying, use, modification and distribution. Any derivative work of a software governed by GPL will also be governed by…
This post was first published on 16th February, 2011.
Standards can either be open or closed based on the manner of their creation and their accessibility to the public. A standard that is created through public or community participation without any restrictions and can be used or implemented by any one are called open standards. A standard that is developed by and limited to one or more persons is a closed standard. All proprietary standards are closed standards.
The basic tenets of…
First Publication Date: 5th October 2010
Open source has today become a necessity for most businesses. It is estimated that 99 percent of all companies using software use at least one open source component. The business value added by open source products makes them inevitable for every company. In addition to software, open source has today expanded its tentacles to many areas from open text books to open drug discovery and is fast spreading to other areas.No business shift happens…
First Publication Date: 20th September 2010
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified the legal confusion that was existing on the application of the first sale doctrine or doctrine of patent exhaustion with respect to software licenses. The Court clarified that the exclusive distribution right is limited by the first sale doctrine, which is an affirmative defense to copyright infringement that allows owners of copies of copyrighted works to resell those copies. Further the Hon’ble…
This post was first published on February 19, 2010.
Open Source Software (OSS) has certain advantages when compared to proprietary software. It comes with the following benefits:
a. The software may be downloaded for free;
b. Source code of the software is available, which enables improvement and customization;
c. The software generally has a community and the development is faster;
d. Support and implementation services are available from multiple sources; and so on.
As OSS always comes with a license, the…