Gartner Research

Examining the Relationship Between Open Source and Intellectual Property

Published: 18 July 2014

ID: G00266941

Analyst(s): Mark Driver


IT organizations that plan to adopt the open-source software model must also understand the basic concepts of intellectual property and related laws.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Consider Potential Conflicts Driven by Corporate Trade Secrets That May Affect the Interaction With Open-Source Projects
  • Consider the Conditions of the Trademark Outlined Within Specific OSS Licenses When Redistributing OSS Beyond the Enterprise to the Public, Customers or Partners
  • Closely Evaluate the License Terms and Conditions of Every Open-Source Solution Under Consideration for Adoption
  • Consider When It Is Appropriate to Acquire Suitable Indemnification for IP-Related Risks From an External Provider

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