Watch Your Software and APIs: What You Need to Know About Google v. Oracle

In potentially the biggest IP dispute of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari for this case focusing involving copyright protections for software, including the JAVA application programming interfaces (APIs) used in Android devices. Oracle initiated the suit claiming that the APIs were copyrightable and sought billions in damages. Although two district court jury trials found in favor of Google, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reversed both decisions—setting up a massive showdown at the Supreme Court.

Please join us for a discussion led by Phil Harris of Holland & Hart’s Hi-Tech Hub who will explain critical issues and important takeaways that may result from this landmark case. Key discussion points will include:

  • Whether software innovations, such as APIs, will be protectable and, if so, whether the mechanism is copyright, patent, or other protection;
  • Tips for how tech and software/SaaS companies can execute strategic software/intellectual property development;
  • IP licensing implications and potential strategies that may result from this case; and
  • Competing motivations and incentives—the balance of interoperability in software and devices vs. protecting and incentivizing innovation.

Agenda: TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020
8:30-10:00 AM

Speaker: Phil Harris

Holland & Hart LLP
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Suite 2200
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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