SAN FRANCISCO MARCH 24, 2020 – Today the OpenChain Project welcomes Lex Pan Law and Opsequio as our latest official partners. Lex Pan Law, a technology law firm based in the United States, has a long and deep background in intellectual property and free and open source licensing, as well as other associated corporate and business law issues like securing patent, copyright and trademark protection, IP portfolio strategy and development, strategic technology licensing, IP asset assessment and mergers & acquisition. Opsqeuio (www.opsequ.io), a virtual open source program office (OSPO) services company also based in the United States, has a long background in setting up and running software provenance and open source compliance programs in high technology organizations, and its services are designed to provide consultation and coverage for small-to-medium-sized organizations not yet ready to set up their own internal OSPO, and supplemental support for larger companies which have an existing OSPO.
Their partnership with the OpenChain Project marks another milestone in building out global support for user companies adopting our industry standard for open source compliance and provides a local resource for companies and organizations in the Pacific Northwest region of North America looking to adopt OpenChain practices or to become OpenChain conformant.
“OpenChain provides a wealth of resources for companies and organizations looking to adopt industry-leading practices around software compliance,” says McCoy Smith, Founding Attorney of Lex Pan Law and Founder of Opsequio. “As someone who has followed the development of OpenChain as a standard and as a community since its inception, I am thrilled for Lex Pan Law and Opsequio to become part of that community, and to help our clients and customers to take full advantage of everything OpenChain has to offer.”
“As OpenChain has seen increased adoption globally there has been a steady push for expanding the network of support available for user companies refining their compliance programs,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Our relationship with Lex Pan Law and Opsequio continues to bolster our position in both the North American and global market, particularly in the growing tech hubs in the Pacific Northwest, and it also formalizes our cooperative relationship in a manner aligned with the project’s strategic goals. I am looking forward to close collaboration with Lex Pan Law and Opsequio as we support our user companies in the global rollout of the OpenChain standard in the supply chain and the acceptance of OpenChain as an ISO standard later this year.”
About Lex Pan Law & Opsequio
Lex Pan Law (www.lexpan.law) is a full-service technology and intellectual property law firm, based in Portland, Oregon, USA, with over 35 years of experience in virtually every facet of technology and law, including extensive experience and community contacts in the free and open source licensing world (including software, hardware, and content). Opsequio (www.opsequ.io) offers virtual open source program office services, and has close to 20 years of experience in setting up, managing, and growing an open source program office in a multinational Fortune 50 technology company. Both organizations are led by McCoy Smith, a leading speaker and author on intellectual property issues and their intersection with free and open source licensing. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Law, Technology & Society (www.jolts.world).
About the OpenChain Project
The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain. More information can be found at www.openchainproject.org.
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hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology
investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today
provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project,
which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any
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