Presentations | 09/19/2016

Brooks Kushman Associate To Present At Embedded Systems Conference In Minneapolis


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach will present during the Embedded Systems Conference on September 21, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.

Leach and Rod Cope, Chief Technology Officer of Rogue Wave Software, will discuss legal and practical considerations in developing embedded systems using open source software (OSS). They will also discuss open source development tools, how to integrate OSS into embedded systems and different OSS licenses, and provide a road map to compliance. Leach and Cope will also explore how recent court decisions like Oracle v. Google and XimpleWare v. Versata and Ameriprise have altered the landscape by which developers navigate.

Attendees will learn multiple OSS licenses and their terms, various development and integration tools, methods to audit their projects and assess which OSS limitations may not be acceptable to their customers. The session will also explore how recent court decisions have altered the development landscape.

Leach’s practice focuses on open source compliance, advising clients on patent infringement, validity and freedom to practice opinions along with product design-around solutions and assisting in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. His practice is centered on software, semiconductor, electrical, computer technology, automotive and IT. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, he worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 20 years as a system application engineer, IC design engineer, product engineer and test engineer. Richard holds a patent and has authored and presented several articles on digital signal processing and digital control theory.

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Open Source Committee.

The 2016 ESC Minneapolis Conference Program consists of four general topics with sessions covering all aspects of embedded system design, including Embedded Hardware and Software, Connected Devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) and ESC Engineering Theater. For additional information, visit the conference website here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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