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Thursday, February 19 • 9:00am - 9:50am
When Conformity is Innovative: Fixing the Supply Chain with the OpenChain Initiative - David Marr, Qualcomm Technologies; Jilayne Lovejoy, ARM; Karen Copenhaver, The Linux Foundation

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FOSS exists in all levels of a supply chain, from the first software developer creating software all the way to the final packaged product that is sold to end users. However in the context of a commercial supply chain the current FOSS ecosystem is broken. If a supply chain can be compared to a stream or a river, as software flows down the supply chain – i.e., when software is delivered from one company to the next -- each successive downstream company is redoing portions of the compliance work already done (or what should have been done) by the upstream company. This is all done at unnecessary cost, inefficiency and often delays time-to-market. The OpenChain working group seeks to collaborate on a proposed process conformance standard that would allow companies in a supply chain to mutually assist each other to save time and cost – all while reducing legal risk overall.


Karen Copenhaver

Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
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Jilayne Lovejoy

Open Source Consel, ARM, ARM
Jilayne participates in various open source industry groups, including co-leading the legal team for SPDX. Jilayne coordinates and supports open source software legal issues at ARM, including training, compliance, and community work. In her spare time, Jilayne can be found riding... Read More →

David Marr

VP, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm
Dave Marr is Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Technologies, where he currently leads the open source practice and policy team. He has been practicing in the open source legal field since 1998, delivering strategic advice to organizations and providing guidance on community... Read More →

Thursday February 19, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am PST
Sonoma Mountain

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