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Black Duck Software

February 02, 2010 09:32 ET

Black Duck Software Awarded Patent for Core Technology That Automatically Resolves Software License Obligations and Conflicts

Black Duck Suite Examines Code, Mitigates Risk and Ensures Compliance, Making Open Source Easier to Use

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, has been granted a patent protecting core technology that can automatically identify license obligations and resolve license conflicts for legally-protectable content (e.g. software, multimedia, video, audio, textual representations, works of art, visual representations, technological know-how, business know-how, contract rights, and/or software elements, etc.).

US Patent No. US 7,552,093 B2 covers technology at the heart of the Black Duck Suite, a comprehensive management platform for controlling the use of open source in a multi-source development process. The patented technology allows the Black Duck Suite to scan an organization's code base of open and closed-source software components using various licenses to determine which license obligations are in effect and which licenses obligations may be in conflict.

With this patent, the Black Duck Suite goes beyond competitive offerings, scanning code according to license attributes, restrictions, uses and interactions against the Black Duck KnowledgeBase of hundreds of thousands of open source projects, which use more than 1,800 open source licenses. The Suite provides development organizations with tools that effectively automate the search, selection and compliant integration of open source components, making the low-cost economics of open source available at enterprise scale.

"This patent represents core technology in the pioneering Black Duck application," said Bill McQuaide, EVP of Products and Strategy, Black Duck Software. "In these difficult times more and more customers are turning to multi-source development using OSS to stretch resources. Open source components are free but all come with license obligations that need to be met," added McQuaide. "Customers are building new apps and services with dozens or hundreds of components. Black Duck's technology enables organizations to 'design in' compliance and eliminate or minimize potential human error in manual license checking, saving time and money and mitigating legal risk and exposure from unmet license obligations."

The patented technology is especially powerful when used in large-scale development projects, where customers build applications from dozens or hundreds of components. As enterprises using multi-source development with open source software create software products, applications, and services by combining smaller building blocks of software -- each of which may have its own unique license obligations -- the Black Duck Suite automatically compares license obligations, identifies conflicts between the sub-components, and automatically suggests license alternatives.

For more information on patent US 7,552,093 B2 or the Black Duck Suite, visit

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software, at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, security and compliance challenges associated with open source software. Black Duck Software powers, the industry's leading code search engine for open source, and is among the 500 largest software companies in the world, according to The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world. For more information, visit

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