Andrew Updegrove is a founding partner of Gesmer Updegrove LLP, a Boston-based technology law firm. He has a broad range of experience in
representing both mature and emerging high technology companies of all types in all aspects of their legal affairs. Since 1988, he has also
represented and helped structure more than 115 worldwide standard setting, open source, research and development, promotional and advocacy
consortia, including some of the largest standard setting organizations in the world. He spends a significant part of his time giving strategic
advice to clients of the firm.
His leadership in standards related matters is widely recognized. In 2005 he was elected to the Boards of Directors of the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and in 2005 to the Free Standards Group (FSG), and in 2007 to the Board of Directors of the Linux Foundation. He
is also a past member of the Board of Advisors of HL7, an ANSI accredited developer of electronic health standards for clinical and administrative
data, a current Board of Advisors member of Open Source for America, a group promoting the use of open source software by government, and a charter
Fellow of the OpenForum Academy, a sister organization to OpenForum Europe, an organization promoting the use of open standards throughout Europe.
In 2004, he was the sole representative of the consortium community to be appointed as a member of the United States National Standards Strategy Committee.
He has been retained by many of the largest corporations in the world to assist in setting up international consortia, and by both multinational
companies as well as government agencies to advise them in setting their standards-related policies and goals. He has also provided testimony to
the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission on standard setting and intellectual property rights, and written and filed pro bono “friend of the court”
briefs in major standards-related litigation before the Federal Circuit Court, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Trade Commission. In 2010, he provided
testimony on the future of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) to the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Technology
In May of 2002, he conceived and launched ConsortiumInfo.org, an extensive website intended to provide the most comprehensive and detailed source of news and
information on the Internet on standard-setting, open source software project development, and forming and maintaining consortia. The site serves up to a million
page views a month to a global audience, including up to 50,000 visitors a month from China. In December of 2002, he conceived and launched the Consortium Standards
Bulletin (now Standards Today), a bi-monthly eJournal of news, ideas and analysis on standard setting. Standards Today is sent to a large and rapidly growing list
of standards professionals and other subscribers at major corporations, government agencies and universities throughout the world. Other sections of the site include
the Standards MetaLibrary, with over 1,800 categorized and abstracted articles, and the Standards Blog, which attracts up to 100,000 visitors a month. Besides his
efforts at the ConsortiumInfo.org Website, he writes and speaks frequently both domestically and internationally on topics involving standards, open source software
and consortia. In 2005 he was selected to receive the ANSI President’s Award for Journalism for his work at ConsortiumInfo.org and Standards Today.
Mr. Updegrove is a graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School. He is a certified mediator, and a member of the Panel of Mediators of the
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.
A biography with a full list of his publications, speaking engagements and awards can be found here.