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 necessitates a proactive approach to possible software license audit opportunists.
“LicenseFortress, the only provider of a 100% guaranteed Oracle software license compliance solution, launched another industry first: The addition of specialized legal advisors to its licensing and technology teams with the goal of preventing costly license violations and legal disputes with software vendors.”
As the five-year anniversary of the date on which we filed the complaint approaches, we can’t help but reflect on the past while also looking into the future and ask: Why does Mars v. Oracle still matter?
Companies should assume that software vendors will have a laser focus on aspects of noncompliance related to remote workplaces due to Covid-19. After struggling to win new business during the pandemic, software vendors will be on the lookout for ways to ‘exercise their audit rights’ and expand their revenue streams. Now is the time to prepare for inevitable software licensing audits.