About The Speaker
Andrew Katz is a British and Irish solicitor, and CEO of Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique corporate and technology law firm in Britain’s Thames Valley, where he heads the technology department. He qualified as a barrister in England, before re-qualifying and practising as a solicitor in England and Wales. He does not currently practise in Ireland.
Prior to his legal career, Andrew Katz was a software developer and has released software under the GPL. At Moorcrofts, he advises individuals, corporations, foundations and public sector organisations on the law concerning free and open source software and is increasingly becoming involved with open hardware and open content. He is a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden, has been a visiting lecturer on Open Source Law at Queen Mary College, University of London and a founder editor of the Free and Open Source Software Law Review. He has drafted the Solderpad Open Hardware licence, and he also sits on the core drafting team of the CERN Open Hardware Licence. He has been a board director of the MariaDB Foundation, and has advised many prominent open source companies and foundations on their structure, licensing and liability issues. He is also CEO of Orcro Limited, a sister company to Moorcrofts, which is a a founder partner of the Linux Foundation’s OpenChain Project, and assists its client companies with open source compliance.