Negotiating an Open Source Future



Negotiating in any paradigm requires not only subject matter knowledge, but also knowledge of human behavior if success is to be achieved. By using the latest legal structures and negotiation research, participants will learn how to navigate the future persuasively using the law, psychology and game theory.


45 minutes: The lecturer presents an overview of the latest laws, legal decisions, trends and financial disclosures made in the Open Source world. Open source developers are still being being subpoenaed in various intellectual property cases. What can they do to prevail?

10 minutes: Ten minutes are allowed for question and answer as to the legal landscape.

25 minutes: The lecturer then applies to basic persuasive techniques to a legally sound open source future. The techniques can be used by all attendees to promote their open source vision of the future, or any other aspect in their lives that requires persuasion.

20 minutes: All attendees will pair off and negotiate their own transaction in a fun filled, interactive session where attendees can apply what they learned on the spot. All materials are provided.

5 minutes: The participants will debrief their findings, analyze their activities and discuss outcomes of their transaction with the group.

Speaking experience


  • Martin Medeiros

    Swider Medeiros Haver LLP


    Partnter, Swider Medeiros Haver LLP; the law firm for the innovative and creative classes. Transactional and litigation practice in intellectual property. Licensed in Oregon, Washington and admitted to the Federal Bar in Oregon.

    Selected Lectures
    • "Open Source Software: Benefits and Challenges September 10, 2008 Opten Technology Business Center, Beaverton, Oregon.
    • “Open Source and Portland’s Economy” for POSSE, 2008.
    • “Planning an Open Source Strategy,” Oregon State Bar / SABRE Group – Portland, OR / Dallas, TX 2005.
    • “Leadership in Technology,” Women In Technology International, Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, November 2004.
    • “Technology Transfer for Entrepreneurs,” Oregon Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Bend, October 2003.
    • “Use of Contract Labor in Information Technology,” Oregon Dept. of Justice Retreat, Menucha Lodge, April 2001.
    • “Technology Negotiation is Communication,”, Seattle, September 2000.
    • Ecommerce Deskbook, Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law
    Section, Chapters: Open Source, Licensing Content and Online Financial Transactions.
    • Plugging Portland’s Wasteful Brain Drain, Oregonian, December 5, 2006.
    • Network Neutrality: Regulating the Internet, Oregonian, May 24, 2006.
    • Shecky and E-Commerce Come of Age, Oregon Law Institute (2005).
    • Patent License Annotated Form, Advising Oregon Business, Oregon State Bar (2004).
    • Technology Transfer for Entrepreneurs, Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, (2003, republished in 2004).
    Community Service
    • Chairman, Oregon State Bar, Computer and Internet Law Section 2006.
    • Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Portland Community Media 2004-Present
    • Board of Directors, Oregon Law Institute, Lewis and Clark College of Law 2005-2008
    • Portland Venture Group, Investment Review Committee 2004-2006
    • Board of Directors, Oregon Bioscience Association2003-2008
    • Portland Mayor Tom Potter’s Citizen Budget Review Board 2006-2008
    • Chairman, Portland Small Business Advisory Council 2009.

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