Peter Tanner has held responsible positions in government and university R&D, international trade  and industry.  In 1994 he started working for Object Technology International, managing commercial and R&D negotiations and contracts as OTI was bought by and subsequently integrated into IBM.

Since Peter's retirement from IBM in 2007 he has done extensive consulting for both IBM and open source organizations, including:
- helping to create Open Health Tools, an open source foundation that is developing an interoperable framework for eletronic health records.
- redesigning the IP and governance policies of OpenNTF.

- managing IP issues associated with the integration of software companies into IBM.

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