Professional Services Directory
Standards organizations are special organizations, with special requirements. A limited number of
service providers, including Gesmer Updegrove,
have made the commitment to learn about these needs, and to provide services specially tailored to meet them.
We have worked with many of the organizations listed below for many years and would be happy to provide
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Gesmer Updegrove LLP is, quite simply, the most experienced law firm in
the United States when it comes to representing and creating standards
setting organizations (SSOs) and open source foundations - more than 132
to date. If you need advice about participating in the standards
development process, representation in standards-related litigation,
intellectual property advice, or help creating a brand new SSO or open
source foundation, we'd be pleased to help. Contact Andy Updegrove at:
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Ruane and Company
An accounting firm that provides audit, tax and business consulting services to many consortia and trade associations.
Applied Testing and Technology (ApTest)
Founded by the President and Chief Technical Officer of 88open Consortium, Ltd., one of the first consortia to develop its own test suites and create and run its own on-site certification testing facility. Aptest develops test suites and/or offers testing services for web sites, application software, system software, middleware and Orbs.
The Open Group
A consortium in its own right, TOG was formed by the union of the Open Software Foundation, the developer of Motif and other software and standards for the Unix community, and X/Open, a world-wide certification testing organization. Besides supporting its own members, it continues to provide worldwide testing services; hosts forums which guide the development of initiatives; organizes conferences where IT customers and vendors meet; and provides support services to other standard setting groups.
Karinch Communications has developed public relations and marketing communications strategies for standards organizations and technology companies since 1993. Clients receive on-going tactical support in those areas, including development and placement of articles, brochures, case studies, press releases, and white papers. Maryann Karinch, the author of seven books on a variety of topics, personally assists each client with its projects.
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Since 1988, GU has helped form scores of standard setting and promotional
consortia, and has advised many more — in all, more than 115 standards
organizations and open source foundations in a very wide range of
technologies. Its advisory services include pre-formation advice on
structural, membership, budget, promotional and other matters crucial to
ensure a successful launch and ongoing growth; advice on standardization,
certification and branding strategies; and advice on restructurings,
mergers and alliances to help consortia successfully adapt to changing
times. The firm believes that it has represented more standard setting and
promotional consortia than any other law firm in the United States, and is
the creator and host of this site and the electronic publisher of Standards
Today, as well as the Essential Guide to Standards, an on-line, book-length
guide to getting the most out of participating in standards development
organizations, or to form one yourself. To learn more, contact Andrew Updegrove at
617/350-6800, or by email at (and also see the related
entry below under Legal Services).
Fee-based "STAR" service provides current status reports on more than 270,000 standards under development, revision and maintenance around the world. The service also identifies new project proposals and tracks changes in status. A one-year single-user subscription is $99, while enterprise-wide rights may be secured at a greater cost. Look here for a summary of NSSN's free services. American National Standards Institute ANSI is a non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Founded in 1918, its mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. ANSI provides access to numerous standards and links to SDOs, as well as publishes "Standards Action", an online bi-weekly status report on developing domestic, regional, and international standards.
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Gesmer Updegrove believes that it has represented more standard setting and
promotional consortia than any other law firm in the United States. Since
1988, it has helped form scores of standard setting and promotional
consortia as well as open source foundaitons, and has advised many more —
in all, more than 115 organizations in a very wide range of technologies.
Its legal services for standards organizations include initial formation
and structuring; securing tax exemptions and ongoing tax compliance;
antitrust compliance monitoring and advice; administering worldwide
trademark, service mark, and certification mark registration programs;
structuring and documenting technical processes; advising on intellectual
property rights issues and creating IPR policies; advising on licensing and
technology transfer matters; addressing international issues; negotiating
and documenting restructurings, mergers and alliances; addressing
management and employment issues; and litigation services. For individual
companies, the firm provides advice relating to participation in standards
organizations; standards-related litigation services; preparation and
filing of amicus briefs in standards litigation; and expert witness
services. The firm is the creator and host of this site and the electronic
publisher of Standards
Today. To learn more, contact Andrew Updegrove at
617/350-6800, or by email at (and also see the related
entry under Consulting Services).
Alliances Management is a professional services firm that delivers operations management, administrative services, and strategic consultation to trade associations and standards organizations. Founded by Tono Aspinall, with ten years of experience in operations management, the company leverages streamlined processes and best practices to deliver its clients financial/budget management, board services, executive committee management, legal/compliance management, conference management, website management, general administration, and more. Alliances Management believes that while a professional services organization should leverage its best practices for efficiency's sake, it should also tailor its approach to each client's manner of doing business so as to achieve the best possible results.
Association Management Solutions (AMS)
Over the past fifteen years, AMS has helped start, organize and manage technical industry initiatives and fora. AMS's philosophy is to partner with technical leadership to provide association management expertise, manage day to day operations and provide collaborative tools to insure that important work gets done. AMS provides a turn-key solution that combines experienced staff with an established technology infrastructure that is customized for the unique needs of technical organizations. Areas of service include Board support, membership and financial management, IT management and web-based collaborative tools, marketing program development, legal coordination, and comprehensive event and meetings services.
Global Inventures has 15 years experience in creating and managing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) standards development organizations. Global Inventures range of professional consulting and management services includes strategic guidance, incubation consulting and launch services, ongoing alliance/member operations and program management, marketing and event planning and execution, IT and web services, and compliance/certification program management.
Virtual provides a complete range of outsourced services for consortia and trade associations, including member recruitment and communications; membership fee invoicing and financial management; marketing strategy design and deployment; web design and administration; electronic and in-person meeting planning and hosting; and all other services necessary to permit an organization to operate without its own staff. Virtual is often retained before an organization is formed, and handles all aspects of its formation.
VTM Group is an association management company specializing in the
high-tech industry since 1995. With over 90 employees, VTM offers
support to startups and established standards organizations alike,
providing expertise in helping industry organizations achieve their
goals. Full scale services include best known methods and
consultation, day-to-day operations, membership and licensing
management, workgroup and committee support, tradeshow and event
planning and execution, financial and budget management, initiatives
and infrastructure formation support, web services, PR and strategic
communications, professional employer organization services, and
engineering and technical services to include compliance program
management and test tool development.
Owen Media was founded in 1997 when IBM, Intel and Microsoft asked the company to launch and promote a new standards body for messaging technology. Since then the agency has launched and promoted more than 100 technology organizations, including leading standards bodies and industry groups. The agency's previous and current clients include Climate Savers Computing Initiative, Desktop Management Task Force, Electronic Messaging Association, Home Plug Powerline Alliance, InfiniBand Trade Association, Itanium Solutions Alliance, Open Fabrics Alliance, The Green Grid and the Transaction Processing Performance Council. Owen Media has offices in Seattle, Portland and Boston with remote managers in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London to service global technology brands and clients worldwide.
This site carries news and alerts of current meetings, hearings and breaking news affecting the standard setting community, as well as articles on matters of interest to the same group. Also includes white papers and policy positions. In includes particularly good coverage of European and US government initiatives and European standards body activities. The site is hosted by GTW Associates, a Maryland based consulting firm which advises business, consortia, governments and trade associations regarding standards policy and assessment. George Willingmyre, the founder, is a former Vice-President/Public Policy of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Kavi has created a range of web-based products and services specifically designed to address the communication and management needs of associations. The base website package provides password protection, membership management and content editing, while its more sophisticated offerings add features such as content collaboration and meeting registration.
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