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Wednesday, March 13 • 10:50am - 11:20am
Understanding Trademarks in the Context of Open Source - Josh Aas, Internet Security Research Group, Ben Costa & Chris Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP

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Establishing and defending trademarks can be an important part of operating a project with an identity and reputation that needs to be maintained in order to avoid confusion, including that which might put the safety and security of users at risk. Even if a project is not particularly invested in establishing and maintaining its own trademarks, being aware of how trademarks work can help projects avoid legal complications. We'll talk about what trademarks are, how they can be helpful, and some of the trademark-related problems and complications that can come up in the context of open source projects and service providers.

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Ben Costa

Partner, Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP
Ben Costa is an attorney who works heavily on trademark-related matters.Having practiced in the fields of intellectual property and privacy online for his entire career, Ben has defended the rights of clients both in the US and around the globe.
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Chris Ridder

Attorney, Ridder, Costa, and Johnstone LLP
Chris Ridder’s practice is focused on software and internet law. He litigates cases, negotiates contracts, and advises companies on issues that arise at the intersection of law and technology, including data privacy, intermediary liability, trademarks, and copyright matters from... Read More →
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Josh Aas

Executive Director, Internet Security Research Group
Josh Aas is the Executive Director of Internet Security Research Group, the organization behind the Let's Encrypt certificate authority. Previously Josh spent much of his career with Mozilla.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:50am - 11:20am