Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz

Director EU Management Consulting at UNISYS

Bradley Kuhn

President and Executive Director at Software Freedom Conservancy

Bradley M. Kuhn is President and Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and on the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Kuhn began his work in the Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) Movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati.

Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001-2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. From 2005-2010, Kuhn worked as the Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. His Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of FLOSS languages. Kuhn has a regular blog at and a microblog (@bkuhn on

Céline Fontaine

IP lawyer at Orange

Magali Fitzgibbon

Lawyer at INRIA

Philip Odence

VP Business Development at Black Duck

Olivier Hugot

Avocat Associé at Hugot Avocats

Daniel Melin

Procurement Officer ICT at Swedish National Procurement Services

Mathieu Paapst

teacher/researcher Law and IT at Groningen University

Richard Fontana

Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel at Red Hat

Stephen R. WALLI

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Philippe Laurent

Lawyer at MVVP

Philippe Laurent is a lawyer at Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (MVVP), a Brussels-based independent law firm. He advises clients on Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks, patents...), and Information Technology law matters, such as online contracting, IP use on the Internet, E-commerce, as well as data protection issues. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial law matters as well, including any form of distribution (exclusive distributorship, agency, franchising agreements,...), promotion and advertisement of goods and services and consumer protection compliance. He usually advises businesses in the software development & services, information processing, advertisement, media & entertainment and online commerce sectors. Philippe is also senior researcher at the Research Centre - Information, Law & Society (CRIDS) of the University of Namur, where he specializes in IP licensing. He has worked extensively on the legal aspects of FOSS, and is currently working on the development of a local FOSS expertise centre. Philippe is also alternate member of the copyrights and neighbouring rights section of the Intellectual Property Council of the Belgian Ministry of Economy (SPF Economie) and is appointed by the CEPANI as Third-Party Decider for ".be" domain name disputes.

Massimiliano Gambardella

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President at inno³

Co-organizator of the annual European Opensource and free software Law Event, Benjamin Jean is currently the inno³ company's CEO, an open innovation consulting firm focused on IP and project management . He also works as lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, teachs IP in several Masters and as consultant within the Gilles Vercken Law firm.

Benjamin Jean is author of a new book “Option Libre. The good usage of Free Licences” (, co-author of the “Open Source Guide” professional whitepaper published by the Syntec Numerique and is involved in several working teams about open source and Open Data governance and/or licensing.

During it past position, he created the first CJOS (Open Source Law Center) He also co-founded, a few years ago, a French (community) project, named Veni Vidi Libri, which aims to inform creators and developers about free/OS licenses and to help them using free licenses.