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Geosparc

  1. 1. Workshop IPR January 12, 2010 Dirk Frigne 1
  2. 2. Agenda • The company – Just to introduce myself • The product – this is what we want to protect • The services – this is what we want to sell • IPR strategy – now and in the in the future 2
  3. 3. Geosparc – the Compagnie Started January 2009 Geosparc commercially supports Geomajas, the open source GIS application framework, coupling the innovation of open source with the reliability of a true enterprise-class platform Geomajas is the extensible open source 3
  4. 4. The product 4
  5. 5. The product More details http://www.geomajas.org 5
  6. 6. the services • Consultancy • Service Level Agreements (SLA) • Commercial license (tx to IPR) • OEM license (tx to IPR) • Premium applications (tx to IPR) • More details http://www.geosparc.com 6
  7. 7. Geosparc Geosparc bought the IPR of Geomajas from the company who created it + the engineers to continue the research and development Grow from 3 to 8 persons in first year - marcom expertise - operational expertise 7 business development & sales -
  8. 8. Open Source and IP Strategy1 • Publication since 2006 (first code samples) – The internet is a 'public registry' – Claim that we are the owner (ohloh.net) – Published a presentation and some artikels • Use a 'strong' licence – Affero GNU Public License (AGPL) • Product built on top of 'open' licenses 8 (LGPL)
  9. 9. Open Source and IP Strategy1 • IPR protected by Contributor License Agreement (CLA) – All individual contributors (partners, community) sign CLA – Partners and key users form the community • Protection of the Geosparc and geGIS brand • Active monitoring of copyright and 9 source of code
  10. 10. Open Source and IP Strategy1 • Freedom to operate – There was no solution in OSS world • Visiting the most important events – There was no solution in proprietary world • As a consutlant, I could do some research. • The risk of forking ... – Calculated risk 10 – Good open source behavior (PSC)
  11. 11. Alternatives • Software is difficult to protect with patent protection – OSS can be a solution in some cases: • Software for business market • Server component • Configuration services possible • Extensions and software development possible • Combination of software and HW: patent 11 protection can be an alternative
  12. 12. Questions • Thank you for your attention 12

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