Just a reminder, these posts are not legal advice. This site is the personal blog of Mark Radcliffe and the opinions expressed are those of Mark Radcliffe and not those of his clients, DLA Piper or the clients of DLA Piper.

About Me:

Mark Radcliffe

I have been practicing law in Silicon Valley for over thirty years assisting startups and global companies develop and market innovative products and services. I have participated in multiple business cyles in Silicon Valley from hardware to software to internet to cloud. My projects have included developing the dual licensing business model for open source startup, developing the original domain dispute resolution policy for NSI and assisting Sun in open sourcing the Solaris operating system. Recently, I served on the US Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (one of ten members) to develop a plan to encourage the innovation in Japan and the United States. I have been working with the same attorneys since 1986 although we have merged with other law firms several times. I am now a partner at DLA Piper, a (relatively) new global law firm formed in 2005 from the merger of three law firms. The firm now has 4200 lawyers in 31 countries and 77 cities. My experience in corporate securities (particularly venture capital) and intellectual property enables me to assist companies structure the financing and intellectual property strategy for developing ane exploiting a new product or service. I and my team work with fifty startups at one time as well as Global Fortune 100. I have been fortunate enough to work with companies in software, cloud computing, semiconductor, health care IT and Web 2.0.

As members of the open source industry, we know that the industry is fundamentally global. However, being global doesn’t mean being the “same”; in fact, this intellectual understanding was brought home to me very directly when I attended the first Open Source Think Tank in 2008 in Paris. We had a member of the French Parliament discuss their adoption of open source software. The sophistication about the value of open source software and its advantages was considerably higher than in the United States at that time.  The market for open source software is different in Europe and companies need to understand those differences to effectively sell into Europe. And Europe has a very different perspective about the future of open source software.

A great way to learn about these differences is by attending the Third Annual European Open Source Think Tank sponsored by Olliance Group and DLA Piper.  The European Open Source Think Tank will be held on September 28 & 29 in Paris, France (for more information, see In addition, we are once again proud to partner with the Open World Forum, Europe’s leading conference shaping the future of the digital world, on September 30th and August 1st ( As I noted in my earlier post, I am doing a significant amount of work with open source in the cloud and I am particular eager to attend the panel on open source in the cloud which has a great group of panelists. 

The Open Source Think Tank has become the event where leading global industry experts  gather and work collaboratively to chart the future of the commercial open source software industry and shape the evolution of cloud computing. Just as we did in the Napa Open Source Think Tank this spring, we will be moving to an all real-world business case format. We will use selected case studies and focus on the growing commercial maturity and complexity of open source and the evolution of cloud computing and SaaS. Just a reminder: the Think Tank is not a traditional conference, all attendees are expected to contribute and actively participate in the brainstorming and workshop format.  

This event consistently sells out so you should register early. If you have not received an invitation,  please complete the Request Invitation form at the event website. We are sorry that we may not be able to accept everyone who applies; the event is limited to senior executives who have significant open source experience.


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