Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

 (C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

 Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60196


Be sure to check the C-SPIN website ( to confirm details.

Wednesday, April. 2, 2008
(Rescheduled from the snowed out February 6th date)

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium:  Registration, Networking, & Light Refreshments

7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Program


Program:  Busting the Legal Myths Endangering Your Development Process:  The Law of Software Development

Presenter:  John Zabriskie, a partner in the Chicago office of Foley & Lardner LLP




            All too often, software development projects encounter legal problems because of myths and misperceptions about the fundamental governing legal standards. Many of those problems – and the costly and distracting litigation they engender – can be avoided by providing the project personnel with a basic grounding in those standards. 


John Zabriskie (Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP) provides developers with the tools they need to identify and properly manage the red-flag scenarios that could give rise to legal problems. The presentation gives a brief review of the laws most relevant to software development (including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), and then debunks the most dangerous legal myths he has observed among developers. The presentation concludes with a discussion of best practices to avoid violating IP rights.



About the Presenter

            John Zabriskie is a partner in the Chicago office of Foley & Lardner LLP, one of the top Intellectual Property firms in the country. Specializing in software litigation, Mr. Zabriskie has substantial experience representing software companies in all types of disputes, including claims for trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, and raiding a competitor’s development staff. He also handles disputes involving claims that an application failed to perform as specified, that an implementation failed, or that a license was breached.


Driving and Parking Directions

            From I-90 Northwest Tollway, exit North on Barrington Road. Take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd. Turn right into the AT&T Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (the first entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures.         


Parking is available in covered lots W2 or W3 as well as upper level parking lot W1. Look for parking spaces towards the west end of the parking structures. The Institute Building, located across the road (west of the parking structures), is approximately a 3-5 minute walk from the parking structure. Visit for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.



About C-SPIN

            C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of Alan Berow, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Nan Krull, Donna Miller, Steve Huck, and Robert Stalzer.


C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations, and individuals are invited. For more information regarding this meeting, contact Kathy Brown at For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Robert Stalzer at


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