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IndustryOpen Source License Management, application lifecycle management, computer software
FoundedOntario, Canada (2006)
Key people
  • Mahshad Koohgoli
  • (President and Chief Executive Officer)
  • Kia Mousavi
  • (Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer)
  • Hassib Khanafer
  • (Chief Technology Officer)
ProductsProtecode Enterprise
  • Enterprise Analyzer
  • Code Administrator
  • Developer Assistant
  • Library Auditor
  • Build Analyzer
  • Protecode Compact
ServicesAudit Services

Protecode was a private company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that provided open source license and security management software used for software development license compliance.[1]

It was acquired by Synopsys in November 2015 for undisclosed terms.[2]


Protecode Enterprise System is a suite of tools for managing open source software licensing. Protecode utilizes a proprietary database of indexed public open source projects to compare against a software codebase in order to identify open source components and determine license obligations.[3][4][5]

The Protecode product suite produces a software inventory report, cross-referenced to licensing and copyright attributes, to indicate corresponding licensing obligations.[6][7] Protecode also offers an audit service which can be used to produce an audit report, containing a software bill of materials and a license obligations report. Software audits are commonly requested prior to business transactions, like mergers and acquisitions or financing.[citation needed]

In 2013, Protecode announced a single seat open source management scanning tool.[8]


Protecode offers code auditing services to detect all open source and third party and associated licensing obligations before a product release or mergers and acquisitions .[9]


Protecode is a member of IBM Partnerworld and System 4 received validation from IBM Rational Software for IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational ClearCase.[10]

Protecode is available on IBM SmartCloud.[11]

Protecode Library Auditor integrates with Perforce.[12]

Protecode is a member of the Linux Foundation and a contributor to their Open Compliance Program.[13] Protecode is also a supporter of the Linux Foundation sponsored SPDX specification.[14]

Protecode is a member of the Eclipse Foundation[15] and the GENIVI Alliance[16]


  • In May 2010, Protecode was included in the “Cool Vendors in Intellectual Property, 2010” report by Gartner, Inc.[17]
  • In 2009, The Branham Group included Protecode on its list of the Top 25 Canadian IT Up and Comers[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Proactive Management Required", Information Week, December 2009
  2. ^ "Synopsys Extends Software Integrity Platform with Acquisition of Open Source Software Management Company Protecode". Press release. November 6, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Code auditor analyzes IP at check-in time", SD Times, March 2010
  4. ^ "Picking the right open source projects", Computerworld UK, May, 2010
  5. ^ "Avoiding pitfalls when using open source code in enterprise software development", Infoworld September 2009
  6. ^ "Software IP Audit eyes code throughout projects", SD Times, March 2009
  7. ^ "Will code scanning and analysis get large vendors shopping?", 451 Group, January 2009
  8. ^ "Protecode Announces Streamlined Open Source License Management Solution for Small Technology Organizations "
  9. ^ "Protecode Launches Software Intellectual Property (IP) Audit Services"
  10. ^ "Protecode achieves IBM validation" Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ IBM Cloud Partners
  12. ^ "Protecode Integrates Open Source License Management With Perforce SCM Solution" - Reuters
  13. ^ "Protecode joins Linux foundation"/
  14. ^ "Protecode Announces Full Support of SPDX Standard by Its Leading Open Source License Management Tools "/
  15. ^ "Protecode Joins Eclipse foundation"/
  16. ^ "Genivi Members" Archived 2013-12-04 at the Wayback Machine/
  17. ^ "Cool Vendors - 2010", Gartner, May 2010
  18. ^ "Top 25 Canadian IT Up and Comers” - Branham Group