Robert Rehm's Article "Navigating the Open-Source Minefield: What's a Business To Do?" Published in Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal
Raleigh, NC (July 19, 2010) – Robert Rehm, a partner in Smith Anderson’s Intellectual Property practice group, will be published this summer in the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal. Rehm's article, "Navigating the Open Source Minefield: What's a Business To Do?" contrasts traditional methods for licensing and transferring intellectual property rights in software with such methods employed for open source code software (OSS) and outlines ways in which companies can plan for and adapt to the ever-increasing reliance on OSS.
The article is a result of Rehm's participation in a panel discussion among intellectual property law practitioners, academicians, and entrepreneurs at a symposium earlier this year sponsored by the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal, entitled "Copyleft vs. Copyright: Artist and Author Rights in Tomorrow's Digital Age."
Rehm regularly represents a variety of clients in connection with software-related transactions, such as license agreements, due diligence investigations and intellectual property audits directed to software-based assets, source code escrow arrangements, and other transactions involving commercialization of software products and related assets. His practice generally focuses on technology licensing and commercialization and the acquisition, licensing and protection of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property rights. Rehm was a practicing electrical engineer for 16 years prior to embarking on a legal career.