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Karen Copenhaver

Chair
Board of Directors

Karen is a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP’s Business & Technology Group. Her practice focuses on technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of software licensing and open source business models. Karen is the Director of Intellectual Property Strategy for the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, and serves as an advisor to Black Duck Software, Inc., where she was instrumental in establishing automated methods of software compliance management as an industry best practice.

Before joining Black Duck, Karen was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP. She began her legal career at IBM Corporation. She was previously a Partner at Brown & Bain LLP in Phoenix, AZ and Palo Alto, CA. Karen is a frequent speaker on issues relating to technology licensing and open source software. Over the past year she has presented at more than 20 national and international events related to licensing of intellectual property and the adoption and management of open source software. Karen Copenhaver is listed in The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. She was also named in The Legal 500 for technology transactions. Ms. Copenhaver is only the 5th lawyer ever to receive Mass High Tech's prestigious “Mass High Tech All-Stars Award,” which honors the thought leaders and innovators throughout the New England technology sector. She has been chosen by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world’s top IP strategists in their feature “IAM 250 — A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists.”

Why CWE?

CWE empowers women to envision, set and achieve their goals by providing the information, skills and support network necessary for women in business to succeed. It has been established time and time again in a wide variety of venues - in large corporations, on trading floors, in developing countries - that the full participation of women in economic matters is a key factor in long term growth. It is my great pleasure to work with CWE’s clients and stakeholders to enable all of us – including women - to reach our full potential.