Humanitarian Advancement Through Technology June 1 - 4 th, 2014

Tutorial-4 D1.1

Tutorial: Open Source Hardware and Software Licensing


PRESENTERS: Thomas Prowse, Myriam Ayass, Andrew Ross


Prowse Thomas - photo by Jean-Marc Carisse -70621010-A

Thomas Prowse

Thomas Prowse is an Ottawa based technology lawyer with the Prowse Technology Law Office.  Thomas is also the President and Founder of n2one inc., a startup focused on leveraging the “commons sourcing” business model to transform the delivery of information and professional services.

Before launching his law firm in 2012, Thomas was Intellectual Property Counsel with GENBAND, a global leader of Internet Protocol infrastructure and service solutions. Before joining GENBAND in 2010, Thomas was a partner with Gowlings Kanata Technology Law Office with a practice focused on technology law and technology-related commercial matters. Prior to re-joining Gowlings in 2007, Thomas was Senior Counsel with Nortel where he provided legal support to product development organizations. He worked extensively on Open Source Software matters during his 13 year tenure at Nortel and was the Global Law Department leader in this area.

Thomas was selected by his peers to be included in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Technology Law specialty. His in-house counsel, private practice, and government policy experience equip him to provide practical, timely, and concise legal advice grounded in his understanding of the business and technological challenges faced by companies today.


Myriam Ayass

Myriam Ayass is Legal Advisor for the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN.

Myriam joined CERN in 2005 after a period at the World Health Organisation, and has been working in the field of technology transfer since that date. As such, she drafts all the Knowledge Transfer contracts of CERN since end of 2005, and generally provides advice on intellectual property issues for the Organization.

Myriam obtained her LLM from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property Law, and a Diplome d’Etudes Avancees in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.


Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is Director of Ecosystems at the Eclipse Foundation, an independent not-for-profit foundation supporting the Eclipse open source community. He is responsible for the Eclipse Long Term support program which provides support for Eclipse technology far into the future. He is also responsible for the Location Industry working group, a consortium of companies with interest in Location technologies.

Andrew is an award winning software architect and technology leader. Prior to joining the Eclipse Foundation, Andrew was Director of Engineering at Ingres. His team added OGC compliant spatial support to the Ingres database, and added support for Ingres geospatial in many applications including ArcGIS, Mapserver, Geoserver, and more. Prior to to Ingres, Andrew was a Software Architect at Nortel where he developed Telecom solutions based on open source technologies.
Andrew is also a charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and project lead and committer for the Freeseer video recording and streaming suite.