Navigating Open Source Risk with Tools for Usage Evaluation and License Compliance

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Navigating Open Source Risk with Tools for Usage Evaluation and License Compliance,” featuring Philip Odence of Black Duck On-Demand and Fitch Even partners Amanda Lowerre O’Donnell, Joseph F. Marinelli, and Steven G. Parmelee.

The event will be Thursday, February 28, at 9:00 am PST / 10:00 am MST / 11:00 am CST / 12 noon EST.

Software is increasingly incorporated into products released into the market, and more companies are releasing mobile applications every day. As the percentage of open source content in use rises, the legal and security risks accompanying such use needs to be actively managed. During this webinar, presenters will provide background information and actionable advice that will assist in handling open source.

Among other insights, presenters will discuss the following:

• Assessing license compliance and compatibility
• Leveraging tools to monitor and assess risks associated with software deals and open source software incorporated into a company’s code
• Creating programs and policies to effectively manage a company’s incorporation of open source into its code
• External web service call-out or API identification and management of associated obligations, risks, and privacy concerns

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Hanzo Live Webinar: The Dynamic Relationship Between Compliance and Marketing

Hanzo will present a webinar on the dynamic relationship between compliance and marketing on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at 2 p.m. EST.

In today’s increasingly digital, collaborative, interactive, and social media-driven business landscape, the role of marketing and the campaigns, content, and messaging these professionals create can produce significant, unintended financial and reputational risks, the company said in a release. That risk is magnified when compliance is siloed from key functions, decisions, and business processes.

While it’s true that marketers can create problems and regulatory headaches for compliance professionals, it’s also true that compliance professionals can learn how to become more effective from their marketing peers, the release continues.

Tom Fox and Louis Sapirman will present the live, one-hour webinar .

All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and copy of our presentation, and this webinar is currently pending approval by the SCCE for 1.2 live and non-live CCB CEUs.

In this webinar, experts discuss:

  • Common risks and compliance violations that can stem from digital marketing activity.
  • How compliance teams can become more effective through marketing best practices.
  • The benefits and risks of social media for compliance teams.
  • How compliance and marketing teams can form more transparent, collaborative relationships so both can succeed and do their best work.

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Webcast: 6 Important Considerations When Using Office 365 for E-Discovery

Exterro will present a complimentary webinar examining how legal professionals are using O365 in tandem with their own e-discovery software to create a streamlined, comprehensive e-discovery program.

The online event will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Pacific time).

Participants will learn:

  • How in-house legal professionals are incorporating O365 into their e-discovery process
  • Best practices for leveraging O365’s e-discovery capabilities to secure and search documents without collection
  • Practical considerations to remember when incorporating O365 into your broader e-discovery process

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Chamberlain Hrdlicka Adds Labor and Employment Attorney Jeffrey Hord

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry announced the addition of Jeffrey Hord as an Atlanta-based senior associate in the firm’s labor and employment section.

Hord’s practice will focus on defending employers nationwide in litigation matters regarding Title VII, the FLSA, ADA, NLRA, FMLA and ADEA. He will also counsel and advise clients on employment issues, including worker classification, DOL and OFCCP compliance, employee separation, shareholder disputes, and restrictive covenants.

Hord is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He holds an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers eight times across three states. From 2009 to 2012, he served as an adjunct faculty member of the American University Washington College of Law’s trial advocacy program.

Hord earned his undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.



Webinar: RFPs – Best Practices & Obstacles to Avoid

RFP Advisory Group will present a complimentary webinar where attendees will learn best practices and obstacles to avoid when issuing a request for proposal (RFP) to law firms.

The webinar will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2019, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

RFP Advisory Group says that RFPs can allow a legal department to:

* Identify how many, and which law firms are the best fit for your business goals
* Incorporate the latest technology and innovations into your legal strategy
* Negotiate rates that will ensure that you are getting the most value for your dollar
* Convert your billing structures to alternative fee arrangements (“AFAs”)
* Increase diversity of the lawyers working on your companies matters
* Create a consistent set of outside counsel guidelines

However, RFPs can be labor intensive and a disaster to manage when done incorrectly, especially when done by general counsel with no legal operations or procurement staff to support the process, the RFP Advisory Group says. This webinar is ideal for general counsel who have been considering issuing an RFP but need to learn more about the latest trends and best practices.

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Working Smarter with Patent Counsel: Tips for Inventors and In-House Lawyers

WebinarFitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Working Smarter with Patent Counsel: Tips for Inventors and In-House Lawyers, ” featuring Fitch Even attorney Jennifer V. Suarez.

The event will be Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 9 am PST / 10 am MST / 11 am CST / 12 noon EST.

An efficient, productive first meeting with patent counsel can go a long way toward ensuring the patent application process goes smoothly and successfully. Inventors and corporate counsel alike can benefit from learning key considerations to discuss with their patent attorney initially and at each stage of the process.

This webinar will offer guidance on what crucial information should be provided at the onset and what further developments should be shared down the line:

• Pre-Drafting Stage
o Inventorship
o Information needed for written description
o Public disclosure (IDS; bar dates)
• Drafting Stage
o Legal requirements of a patent application
o Sections 112, 101, 102, and 103
o Specifications, claims, drawings
• Post-Filing Stage
o Post-filing improvements or prototypes
o Commercialization plans and efforts
• Business Drivers
o Target market analysis
o Marketing advantages of invention features
o Critical timeline markers

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Webinar: Enterprise Slack – Stay Sane and Secure While Managing EDiscovery

Hanzo will present a webinar on Enterprise Slack on Jan. 10, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Slack is a widely adopted collaboration tool for enterprises around the globe that is taking over a fair share of email communications. Many corporations have their playbook all set for standard communications platforms like email. Many platforms even have robust built-in features to preserve data subject to compliance or litigation holds. Slack, however, presents new challenges, with fragmented communications and only limited compliance features. This leaves organizations in a difficult spot as they try to balance workplace collaboration with compliance and ediscovery requirements.

– Matt McCartney, Senior Manager of Forensic and Integrity Services at Ernst & Young LLP
– Jim Murphy, VP of Product at Hanzo

In this webinar, industry experts will discuss the challenges Slack presents corporations as they navigate the delicate balance between collaboration and data risk. They will go over best practices to incorporate in every Slack risk management playbook for compliance and ediscovery and discuss solutions for locating, narrowing the scope and capturing dynamic, complex, unstructured data from apps like Slack.

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Hanzo Webinar Lineup to Discuss Challenges Collecting Social Media

Social mediaHanzo, a developer of dynamic web archiving technology for compliance and e-discovery professionals, announced a lineup of industry experts presenting in the webinar “How to Win Using Native Format to Capture Social Media Data,” on Dec. 19, 2018.

The event will include a discussion about the importance of social media to business communications and the ensuing challenges it presents for e-discovery and compliance in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The webinar also will share strategic insights and best practices for defensible social media collection and real-world stories from the field.

In a release, the company said social media is a valuable way to communicate with customers, but many heavily regulated financial firms shy away from its use, fearing that regulatory compliance will be too difficult. Organizations can also find social media to be critical in e-discovery because it offers a rare window into people’s daily thoughts and activities, even after those people have become embroiled in litigation.

Recent data privacy and security discussions have impacted the use of APIs for social media collections. In this webinar industry experts from legal to corporate will share their experiences with how organizations use and deal with social media in the course of their business. They’ll discuss the risk and challenges surrounding compliance and eDiscovery collections, and explore what is driving organizations toward superior native-format collections.

Speakers will be:

  • Mark A. Smolik, General Counsel Chief Compliance Officer, DHL Supply Chain Americas
  • Michael Quartararo, Managing Director, eDPM Advisory Services
  • Steve Tanner, Social Media & Online Communities Lead, Relativity
  • Evan Gumz, Senior Account Executive, EDiscovery, Hanzo

How to Win Using Native Format to Capture Social Media Data
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm ET
Cost: Free

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E-Discovery Day Observance Set for December 4

Thousands of legal professionals are expected to participate in E-Discovery Day, scheduled for Dec. 4, 2018, to learn more about e-discovery and the vital role it plays within the legal process.

Exterro, one of the E-Discovery Day supporters, says this one-day industry-wide, vendor-neutral celebration, will feature an all-star lineup of complimentary in-person events and online webcasts. 34 leading legal organizations are proud to support E-Discovery Day and partnered together to host all events free of charge.

The event will include:

  • 13 educational webcasts with e-discovery experts (e.g. federal judges, e-discovery managers, in-house attorneys and more)
  • 7 in-person networking events located across the country

Get details or sign-up for an event.



FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments – Webinar

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments,” featuring Fitch Even senior licensing specialist and patent analyst Curtis S. Dodd.

The event will be Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 9 am PST / 10 am MST / 11 am CST / 12 noon EST.

Understanding the latest developments in FRAND licensing is essential to developing appropriate strategies for licensing standard essential patents (SEPs), both as licensor and licensee.

During this webinar, presenters will provide an overview of recent developments in FRAND licensing as a process and as a result, including a discussion of the following:
• Guidelines published in Europe, China, and Japan for licensing of SEPs
• Key decisions from the U.S., the UK, and China regarding how to determine FRAND terms and conditions, including
o Unwired Planet v. Huawei (UK)
o TCL v. Ericsson (US)
o Huawei v. Samsung (CN)

In addition, the event will address these topics:
• Who holds the FRAND burden of proof
• What it means to be a willing licensee
• Jurisdiction for deciding FRAND disputes
• The appropriateness of confidentiality agreements

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Akerman Adds New York Partner Barbara Edwards

Akerman LLP announced the addition of partner Barbara Edwards in New York. She joins the Corporate Finance and Lending Practice from Shearman & Sterling.

“Barbara’s practice is a strong addition to our growing corporate group,” said Jonathan Awner, Corporate Practice Group Co-Chair. “Her experience in complex finance transactions advances our capabilities for borrowers, lenders and other corporate clients across the U.S. and internationally.”

In a release, the firm said Edwards works with clients on all aspects of complex finance transactions in the U.S. and international markets, including emerging markets. With more than 20 years of practice, she has represented private and public companies, including Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and other financial institutions in their financing activities. She has represented borrowers and lenders in all aspects of financing transactions and represents clients in a wide array of industries including the automotive, coal, financial services, gaming, healthcare and life sciences, industrials, infrastructure, natural and renewable resources, media, power and energy, retail and telecommunications sectors. Edwards has experience in investment grade financings and maintains a particular focus on public company financings and power projects financings.

The firm’s Corporate Practice Group has expanded the team’s national footprint with 16 lawyers in Austin, Chicago, Miami, New York, Orlando and Washington, D.C. this year to date. In addition to Edwards, lateral partners include Michael O’Brien from Vedder Price, Ted Rosen from Fox Rothschild, Peter Eccles from Foley and Lardner, and Robert Stein from Kirkland & Ellis in New York, Robert Winner from Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, Todd Reed and Bentley Harris from Reed & Scardino in Austin, and Karyn Koiffman from Baker McKenzie in Washington, D.C.



Webinar Looks at Research on Landowner Coalitions in Shale Gas Development

Marcellus Shale landowner coalitions — their form, function and impact — will be the topic of a one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

Presenting the webinar will be Grace Wildermuth, a Penn State doctoral degree student in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. She will discuss research from her thesis on landowner coalitions.

Topic will include:

  • coalition models and forms
  • benefits and detriments of membership in a coalition
  • best practices identified by members of coalitions
  • specific effects of participation in a coalition for agriculturalists
  • potential future applications of the landowner coalition model.

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Webinar: Open Source Software – Risk Management & IP Value Protection

WebinarFlexera will present a webinar titled “Risk Management & IP Value Protection for Software Suppliers” on Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. Central time.

In this webinar, Christian Bartsch, partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, will give an overview of legal issues software suppliers must be aware of and the ramifications of leaving them unmanaged.

Martin Callinan, founder of Open Source Software consultancy, Source Code Control, will explain the simple and effective management principles your organization needs to adopt to manage these open source software risks appropriately.

“Whether your organization supplies software alone or embedded in devices or machinery, you need it to be robust, secure and legally compliant,” Flexera says on its website. “Security vulnerabilities or licensing loopholes stemming from open source software can result in product recalls, the loss of valuable IP and terrible damage to your reputation and bottom line.

“These risks can be successfully mitigated by understanding how they arise and the key management principles you need to put in place to manage them.”

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Webinar: Start-ups Driving Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industry is benefiting from a surge in start-up companies focused on digital transformation and radical change proving that the oil and gas start-up ecosystem is alive and growing.

Frost & Sullivan’s Oil & Gas Innovation Council will present a complimentary webinar titled “Start-ups Driving Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas” on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Dylan Ellett, a Frost & Sullivan leading oil and gas analyst, and a panel of industry experts from start-up companies will showcase their solutions, impacts on the industry and real-world scenarios of success and hardships along the journey, from founding to investment.

  • Discover start-up companies that are providing innovative solutions to industry challenges
  • Hear real success stories and pain points from start-ups
  • Interact with start-up companies

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Webinar: Best Practices for Impactful Compliance Training

NAVEX Global will present a complimentary webinar titled “Deep Dive: State of Ethics & Compliance Training in 2018” on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT.

The event is designed to show how companies are using their training programs to change employee behavior and positively impact corporate culture. Participants will discuss the most important compliance training benchmarks to use when measuring a program and offer best practices to improve efforts and show ROI to management.

Some of the questions to be explored include:

  • How do I maximize the impact of my (limited) available training hours?
  • How do I gain leadership and audience buy-in, participation and comprehension?
  • What elements and topics are necessary to my training program?

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Live Webinar: Using A.I. to Make Sure You’re Covered This Summer

LawGeexLawGeex will present a live webinar titled “How Contract Review Automation Helps Mitigate Risk to Your Organization,” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. EDT.

The 60-minute event will cover how to:

  • Automate contract review
  • Enable company-wide compliance with corporate policy
  • Mitigate an organization’s contracting risk using AI
  • Free up a legal team’s time for more strategic work

Register for the webinar.



Webcast: Compliance and Contract Management

WebinarCompliance Week will present a webcast titled “Compliance and Contract Management –The Right People, Process & Technology” to highlight effective strategies and considerations to maintain compliance with contractual agreements in the U.S. and abroad.

The event will be Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. EDT.

“While relying on both outside counsel and third-party legal services providers to meet standards and governing party obligations, competitive organizations enlist effective digital strategies where appropriate and seek to automate as many tasks as possible,” Compliance Week says on its website. “As we explore the people, processes and technology that aid compliance and contract management, we’ll discuss e-Communications monitoring, digital learning services, open source software and trending technology such as block chain contracts, and other tools.”

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Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine,” featuring Fitch Even attorneys David A. Gosse and Margaret “Peggy” Wojkowski.

The event will be on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 9:00 am PDT / 10:00 am MDT / 11:00 am CDT / 12 noon EDT.

When an invention combines previously known features, non-obviousness turns on whether the person having ordinary skill in the art would have a reason to make the combination. This analysis requires considering whether the ordinarily skilled person would have a reasonable expectation of success in combining the known features, the firm said in a release.

Recent Federal Circuit cases provide guidance in successfully arguing for patentability under this doctrine and establish that it applies even when obviousness is asserted based on a single reference. Successfully arguing obviousness in patent prosecution, post-issuance proceedings, and district court litigation depends on this analysis with increasing frequency.

In addition to discussing applicable cases, the event will explore these issues:
• When do circumstances favor arguing reasonable expectation of success at the PTAB and during patent examination?
• What types of evidence are helpful or needed to support the arguments?
• How can patents be drafted to establish that skilled persons would not have expected success by modifying the known art?

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Brown Rudnick Names First Ever 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellow

International law firm Brown Rudnick announced that it has named the first-ever 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellow, W. Lydell Benson Jr.

In a release, the firm said the Fellowship is aimed at first-year law students who are also the first members of their family to graduate from college. The Fellowship provides the recipient with an opportunity for substantive work and professional development experience, as well as a significant scholarship.

Benson is a first-year law student at George Washington University Law School and will be working in Brown Rudnick’s New York office as a summer associate.

“This Fellowship program really resonated with me and demonstrated a true commitment to diversity and providing opportunities to people of all backgrounds,” Benson said. “When I was searching for opportunities, this Fellowship caught my eye not just because it was a great opportunity to get hands-on work experience with a prominent law firm, but also because it was the first time I had come across a law-firm diversity program targeting those who are the first in their family to graduate from college. I take a lot of pride in being the first in my family to graduate from college. My family and the people in my community are really proud of me, too.”

The firm said the 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship is a holistic program to support students during their time as a summer associate at Brown Rudnick and throughout the academic year. Benson will work on a wide variety of matters as an integral member of client teams. He is also eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $22,500, in addition to his summer associate compensation.

Once Benson returns to school in the fall, he will continue to have regular check-ins with Ari Joseph and his recruitment champion, partner Jeff Jonas. Brown Rudnick will arrange for Benson to attend firm events, holiday parties, networking events and professional development training throughout the year. The firm will also provide financial support for academic groups Benson is involved in at George Washington University Law School.

“As I am also the first in my family to graduate from college, I am particularly passionate about this Fellowship program,” said Ari Joseph, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at Brown Rudnick. “The challenges that such an individual must overcome can be overwhelming, and are often overlooked or underestimated. This unique Fellowship is focused on the problem of social mobility and economic inequality, as well as diversity. It is truly a one-of-a-kind program and Lydell is the perfect choice for our first Fellow.”

Benson will work alongside 10 other Brown Rudnick summer associates who come from law schools across the country: Richard Darst, Meghan McCafferty, Maureen Sweeney, Samuel Toomey, Korey Wilson, Yarelyn Mena, Ijeoma Ozoma, Erio Vignali, Matthew Lambros and Mona Goodarzi. Brown Rudnick’s 2018 summer associate class begins May 21.

First-year law students can find more information about the 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship here. Questions should be referred to Brown Rudnick’s Legal Recruitment Department  at



Joint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry: Upstream Joint Ventures

Oil wellLatham & Watkins has posted the second of a two-part webcast series on joint ventures in the oil and gas industry — this one on upstream joint ventures.

Both this video and the first part — on midstream joint ventures — are available on-demand.

This series explores market trends driving recent joint ventures, as well as structural options, potential challenges, and other considerations related to joint ventures, within both the midstream and upstream spaces.

Part II of the series addresses joint ventures in the upstream space, including “DrillCo” transactions.

Topics include:

  • DrillCos and Other JV Structures
  • Typical Transaction Documents
  • Issues and Pitfalls

Watch the on-demand video.