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In Managing Intellectual Property, Violetta Kokolus Examines IP Challenges in M&A

Practices: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Risk Management, Strategic Commercial Agreements, Strategic Licensing Programs, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, FinTech

In Managing Intellectual Property, IP transactions partner Violetta Kokolus discussed challenges that companies face in M&A deals and how to handle them. In addition to reviewing existing commercial IP licenses, Violetta notes that lawyers should pay careful attention to open source code and the respective underlying license. The use of open source has become increasingly important. Buyers should ensure that any licenses for open source code do not trigger copyleft obligations which could prevent them from monetizing their proprietary code. Buyers should also review open source governance by target companies.

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