I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — one of the main reasons for attending an event like the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which takes place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center — is the ability to rub shoulders with other folks in the industry.
On the one hand, it’s nice to meet up with people who do the same things as you, thereby allowing you to swap tips and tricks and catch up on the latest and greatest tools and techniques. Having said this, it’s also good to meet people with expertise in domains different to your own.
Take Richard Leach, for example. Richard is an Intellectual Property Attorney at Brooks Kushman, P.C. If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would want to hear a lecture on software licensing given by an attorney, I would have laughed my socks off. I would also have been hard-pushed to believe that any of my engineering friends would be interested in such a session, which just goes to show how little I know.
I first met Richard at an ESC a couple of years ago. He’s been a regular presenter ever since. Richard’s lectures are always jam-packed with attendees, which tells us two things: first, that he’s a good speaker (much like my mother and myself, the real trick is to get him to stop talking), and second, that his subject matter is of interest to a wide range of ESC attendees.
Richard’s topic at the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley is regarding the Latest Trends in the Legal Landscape of Software Licensing. As it says in the ESC Schedule:
This session will provide trends in software licensing strategies based on recent court cases along with the legal and practical considerations in developing systems within the Internet of Things using open source software (OSS). We will discuss open source analysis tools, how to integrate OSS into embedded systems and different OSS licenses, and provide a road map to compliance. We will also explore how recent court decisions have altered the landscape by which developers navigate.
Do you use open source software in your own embedded projects? Do you think that the fact the software is marked as “open source” means you can do whatever you like with it? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then it might be a good idea for you to attend Richard’s session.
Hopefully I’ll see you at Richard’s talk. Alternatively, if you see me ambling around, please feel free to stop me and say “Hi!” I'll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention.