Themi Anagnos, General Counsel of Continental Automotive, speaks on open-source software

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago hosted a talk by Themi Anagnos, Director of Intellectual Property for the Americas; Deputy General Counsel, Continental Automotive on June 9. Anagnos discussed “The Risks and Obligations of Open-Source Software Licenses.”

Anagnos, who graduated from John Marshall in 2000, discussed the types of licenses associated with open-source software and what obligations and risks impact users, including an overview of open-source product development and strategies necessary to protect proprietary technology in those products.

Professor Daryl Lim, Director of John Marshall’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Privacy Law noted that “Themi’s lecture is a valuable contribution to the ongoing open-source software debate.” “It is also an important part of our ongoing commitment to engage our alumni. We are proud of them, and want them to return to John Marshall to share their stories, insights and accomplishments with our students, partners and friends.”

In March Ken Adamo (LLM ’89), a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, spoke about recent changes in patent law and practice at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Anagnos and Adamo were two of a number of notable speakers at John Marshall this year. Other speakers included Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Sharon Prost, Assistant US Trade Representative Probir Mehta, Director of the Midwest Regional Patent & Trademark Office Christal Sheppard, former Federal Trade Commission Chairman William Kovacic, Professor Hugh Hansen, founder and director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute, Acting Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Nathan Kelley, as well as Chief Judge Ruben Castillo and Judge Edmond Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

About John Marshall’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law

Continuing to lead the way in IP legal education, John Marshall’s nationally ranked intellectual property program is one of a select number of law schools to participate in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program. It is the only law school in Illinois whose USPTO program offers both patent and trademark legal services to independent inventors and small businesses on a pro bono basis. With more than 50 specialized IP courses, John Marshall’s program draws students from around the U.S. and across the globe. It has partnered with IP lawyers in the People’s Republic of China for 20 years. It also conducts an ABA-approved summer program in China directed exclusively to IP issues.

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