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Marks and Clerk France Becomes The First OpenChain Law Firm Partner in France

By 2022-01-19July 26th, 2022Featured, News

Leading intellectual property firm, Marks and Clerk France is now able to advise clients in the implementation of open source programs, and enable them to achieve OpenChain ISO/ IEC 5230 standard.

To facilitate this advancement, Marks and Clerk France, is pleased to announce a partnership with the OpenChain Project, able to assess and advise on open source program to OpenChain ISO/ IEC 5230 standard.    

Open Source Software is becoming increasingly common in software projects of all types, bringing with it both exciting opportunities but legal risks. ISO 5230 OpenChain has been developed to allow companies of all sizes, and from all sectors, to adopt the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program, and effectively manage potential  risks. Marks and Clerk France offers considerable expertise and experience to support clients to strengthen existing processes, and build a standard compliant process from the ground up.

Enrico Priori, Managing Partner of Marks and Clerk France stated, “We are pleased to announce that Marks and Clerk France has been selected as the first OpenChain Acredited Partner in France. This partnership demonstrates the deep expertise and experience of Marks and Clerk France’s Software Licensing practice to support our clients in adopting high-quality open source compliance programs. As a firm, we are hugely committed to the strengths of the Open Source movement, and are excited to work with our clients to help them fully benefit from – and contribute to – this brave new world.”

“OpenChain ISO 5230 provides a compelling solution to quality open source compliance,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “OpenChain offers the freedom of choice for companies to conform via self-certification, independent assessment, or third party certification and we are delighted to name Marks and Clerk France as our first partner in the country.” 

About Marks and Clerk France

Marks & Clerk is the largest firm of intellectual property advisers in the UK and is recognised as one of the world’s leading IP firms.  Its patent and trade mark attorneys offer a full range of intellectual property services – covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright – for clients ranging from SMEs and spinouts to universities and multinationals. 

Marks and Clerk France was founded in 2005 as a spin-out of the in-house Intellectual Property Law department of a major French Aerospace and Defense Group. These in-house origins have left the firm with an exceptional grasp of the needs and priorities of their clients, which has been further reinforced over the intervening years by the arrival of other professionals with a similar industrial background. This in turn has led to the accumulation of a unique expertise in the management of the risks and opportunities associated with the use of Open Source material in a commercial context.

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About OpenChain

The OpenChain Project maintains the International Standard for open source license compliance. This allows companies of all sizes and in all sectors to adopt the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. This is an open standard and all parties are welcome to engage with our community, to share their knowledge, and to contribute to the future of our standard.

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