Amanda Brock

Amanda Brock
Open Invention Network, OpenUK, UNTIL Advisory Board, OASIS Advisory Board, United Kingdom

Amanda is an independant adviser, advising companies on open source and mentoring and advising senior lawyers and teams on digital strategies and legal operations.

She is the Chair of the Open Source (OS) and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs and the European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network.

She is also: Director, Operations, OpenUK; having been a judge of the UKOpenSourceAwards in 2014 and 2015 and organiser in 2018, she is leading the OpenUK Awards in London in 2020; a member of the OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council (open source and open standards); and CEO of the Trustable Software Engineering Project, a project focused on solutions to risk in Open Source Software.

She was General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up the global legal team and running this for 5 years before advising a variety of projects and companie son open source. She has worked in a variety of sectors, ranging from Fashion to Fintech, across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of the UK and Amsterdam. 

As well as many years of structuring and negotiating a multitude of deals, her roles have included contribution to, and leadership of, a number of multi-organisational collaborative projects and open source initiatives. She has expertise in open source software, governance, IP, compliance audits, policies and processes as well as commercialisation and contracting around open source.  Amanda was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee during its set up in 2012.

Amanda is a regular international speaker at open source and technology events and an author covering technology, collaboration and legal issues. She is an Executive Editor and co-Founder of the Journal if Open Law Technology and Society (formerly the International Free and Open Source Law Review); a  Fellow of Open Forum Academy; and Editor of the book, Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

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