Since 1988, Gesmer Updegrove has represented more than 135 standard setting consortia, open source development foundations, and accredited standards development organizations, including many of the most influential technology consortia and open source foundations in the world. In most cases, the firm assisted in the structuring and launching of the organization, and has represented it ever since.
In the process, GU has acquired a great depth of knowledge in how to structure, operate, evolve and dissolve successful consortia in an effective fashion. Although typically we work with the founders of a consortium from the earliest stage, GU is also frequently engaged to succeed earlier counsel, or to undertake sophisticated projects outside the experience of existing legal counsel. We also advise major technology companies on implementing a standards strategy. Andrew Updegrove, who leads the consortium and standard setting practice group, is nationally recognized for his leadership in the development of consortium and foundation governance structures, best practices, and intellectual property rights policies.
Areas where special expertise is necessary in representing consortia include non-profit representation issues, trademark law (including with respect to certification testing), intellectual property ownership and transfer, domestic and international antitrust, and governance issues.
Besides pure legal skills, GU brings a wide knowledge of practical, business and industry realities to its representation of consortium and foundation clients and provides business consulting as well as legal services in order to help our clients create and operate successful organizations. Consistent with our role as the most active law firm in the standards and consortium area, supports www.consortiuminfo.org, a site created by Andrew Updegrove to provide the most comprehensive source of information on the Internet regarding the most important topics affecting standard setting and promotional consortia, including:
Forming and maintaining consortia
Adopting and implementing intellectual property rights policies
Maximizing the value of consortium participation
Compliance with antitrust laws
ConsortiumInfo.org serves over 10 million page views a year to a worldwide audience of corporate, government and academic users.
For more information on our Consortium, Standards Setting and Open source Foundation Practice, please contact Andy Updegrove. For a more detailed overview of our practice, including a complete client list, click here.