We have written a lot in the time since our June 1, 2020, launch of Beeman & Muchmore, LLP, and we're pleased to share news of our first print publication! We recently wrote a very timely article for the July/August issue of The Patent Lawyer Magazine titled "Covid-19, Software License Audits and Patent Litigation" where we discuss how the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic will most certainly bring out the software license audit opportunists.
Sadly, Covid-19 will be around for the foreseeable future and will continue to dictate how companies operate. With that, remote access and the resulting software licensing issues will indefinitely continue to be on the radar of software license vendors. Companies will need to be proactive to stay ahead of the impending software license audits that are sure to come.
Additionally, with the global shutdown continuing to take its toll on the economy, there is all the more reason for software license vendors to seek out ways to generate revenue. Software license audits are relatively cheap to initiate and a relatively low-risk undertaking (especially compared to patent litigation). Every company should be analyzing their operational systems and taking steps to ensure software licensing compliance in order to avoid the dreaded software license audit.
Published on 9/15/2020
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