February 3, 2005 (Mountain View, CA) - Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Laura Majerus, a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property group in their Silicon Valley office, has been named as Director of Legal Affairs for the Open Source Initiative (OSI), a pro bono position. Ms. Majerus' practice focuses on intellectual property protection. She counsels numerous clients on Open Source licensing issues.
OSI also named Mark Radcliffe as general counsel and reorganized its Board.
Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organization focused on promoting the open source model of software development and open source license certification. OSI recently expanded its services to enhance international open source matters, as well as issue advocacy, the development of best practices and industry standards. "My role as Director of Legal Affairs for OSI will focus on making the organization responsive to its constituency in the Open Source community," said Majerus.
The Open Source Initiative is a 501(c) 3 California public benefit corporation. It was founded in 1998 to recognize and promote the burgeoning Open Source model of software development. Its programs consist of an informal speaker's bureau, a widely-accepted definition of what constitutes Open Source Software, a certification program for upholding the quality of licensing of Open Source software, and a website educating visitors of the benefits of Open Source. The Open Source Initiative may be contacted through its website at www.opensource.org.