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Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy to Discuss Open Source License Compliance at ARM TechCon

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Addressing the growing use of open source software (OSS) in consumer products, Brooks Kushman P.C. shareholder John LeRoy will speak at the 2013 ARM TechCon, a three-day conference for hardware and software engineers involved in ARM architecture used in most consumer electronics in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

“While the use of OSS provides tremendous benefits in terms of saving time and reducing cost, the license fine print presents obligations to those who use and distribute products based on the OSS,” LeRoy said. “Open source license compliance is an issue that affects many industry segments and can be complicated, but with an accurate understanding of the particular OSS in your product, and the applicable license requirements, it’s manageable.”

During his presentation, titled “Open Source: Its Free* (*Terms and Conditions Apply),” LeRoy will address the growing use of OSS and potential legal issues. The presentation will provide insight on understanding and successfully complying with the legal obligations of using OSS that apply to the developer and the end-users. LeRoy will also discuss the option of running digital software audits – a service available to companies that wish to have a better understanding of the particular open source code that may be incorporated in their product.

To facilitate the collaboration between the hardware and software communities, this year’s ARM TechCon will focus on the theme “Where Intelligence Connects.” ARM TechCon delivers an
at-the-forefront comprehensive forum created to ignite the development and optimization of future ARM-based embedded products. Providing insight from industry-leading companies and innovative start-ups, ARM TechCon is a comprehensive learning environment for the entire embedded community, uniting the software and hardware communities. For more information on ARM TechCon, please visit http://www.armtechcon.com/.

About Brooks Kushman:

Established in 1983, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a nationally ranked intellectual property (IP) and technology focused law firm with offices in Michigan and California. The firm has more than 70 lawyers and agents specializing in various disciplines. Brooks Kushman has a reputation for providing leading IP strategy and counseling with a focus on the business objectives of its clients and represents clients across many industries with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is recognized by a number of leading legal publications and resources, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, IP Law & Business magazine and the Law360 organization. For more information, please visit www.brookskushman.com.