Benjamin Jean

Avenue de l'Avant-Poste 25
1005 Lausanne
Tel. : + 41 21 320 30 50
Fax : + 41 21 320 30 51

Benjamin Jean is currently CEO of inno³, an open innovation consulting firm focused on IP and collaborative project management, and also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and at Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (IPB).

An open source legal expert since 2008, he worked both in the public (European Commission, Ministry of Education, City of Paris, Île-de-France Region, and their specific open source projects such as Open ENT, etc.) and the private sector (from the biggest corporations such as SNCF, EDF, Valeo, Ingenico, Renault, Schneider, etc. to the most innovating SMEs). His activities range from training, strategy studies, policy definitions and/or implementation of OS governances.

Benjamin Jean has also participated in many open source/content/data licensing projects, including the drafting of the French Open License and Free Art License, the porting of the Creative Commons licences into the French jurisdiction and he is responsible for the French translation of most used licenses such as GNU GPL, GNU LGPL, GNU Affero GPL, ODBL, CC-0.

Hi is graduated with a master in business law – specialising in industrial property – (2005) and a master’s degree in intellectual property/immaterial creations under the direction of Professor Michel Vivant (2006). He worked as legal counsel in the Partnership and Valorization Department of the CNRS (National Scientific Research Council) of Montpellier (2006) and as general counsel at an open source software editing company. Latterly, he created the first CJOS (Open Source Law Center) in 2010 and cofounded the European Opensource and Free Software Law Event (EOLE), an annual event that aims to promote the sharing and dissemination of legal knowledge on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) licenses, as well as the development and promotion of good practices in the field.

He is also author of a book entitled “Option Libre. The right usage of Free Licences”, Benjamin Jean is also 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.

He is married and has four children. Passionate for jazz, he has been playing the trumpet from an early age and he enjoys playing with symphony orchestras and jazz bands.