European OpenSource & Free Software Law Event EOLE 2016 – Nov 15th

The European Open Source & Free Software Law Event (EOLE) will take place on November 15 the day before Paris Open Source Summit at Mozilla Fondation (16bis Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris).


EOLE is an event that aims to promote the sharing and dissemination of legal knowledge on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) licences, as well as the development and promotion of good practices in the field.

Open Innovation based on collaboration, overturns the traditional view of innovation. Indeed, it enshrines the idea of a social innovation which refers to invent or create best with and through others. In this context, stakeholders of the ecosystem are forced to improve their capabilities benefiting from the creativity of each. Increasingly adopted by all industrial and innovative players, it benefits from strong links with movements such as Open Source and Open Data.

An open innovation policy results not only in strengthening collaboration but it also involves the establishment of a formalized strategy in terms of process tools in a precisely defined area. These mechanisms need by nature to be consistent with the strategies of other players in the value chain, whether they are partners or not.

Considering its legal subject, open innovation interests to anyone who thinks in terms of management and exploitation of intellectual property. However, beyond the aspects of intellectual property, legal and organizational framework of this initiative is extended especially to purchasing, quality, communication or human resources. Setting out an appropriate legal framework allows to plan ahead for funding arrangements for the selected experiments and foreseen collaborations. Moreover, it can take different forms according to the environments and the project status.

To facilitate or automate the implementation of open innovation, a number of legal tools must be available to internal and external contributors to the organization (partners, participants etc.). In addition, the application of these tools must contractually extend to all partners in order to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem; which enhances, organizes and makes more fluid the various links in the supply chain. Thus, defining an interoperability framework is especially required.

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9:00-9:30 : Welcome

The whole day will be divided in four workshops, opened to lawyers and any other people working on these topics. After presentations by specialists, the participants will be encourage to discuss all together.

9:30 – 11:00 : Open Data & Innovation. How Open Data opens the way to collaboration and innovation.

  • Moderated by Malcolm Bain (ID Laws)

11:30 – 13:00 : Open Innovation Strategies. How move an organisation to innovation thanks to an Open Innovation strategie.

  • Moderated by Benjamin Jean (INNO³)

14:00 – 15:30 : Open Infrastructures for innovation. How sustains collaborative innovation within Open Source projects.

  • Moderated by Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy)

16:00 – 17:30 : Open Interfaces for Innovation. How collaborations needs common & open interfaces in all forms: including hardware, software and legal interfaces.

  • Moderated by Philippe Laurent (MVVP)