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Open Source Code

Open source code is popping up everywhere. Many misconceptions exist and intellectual property and market opportunities might be put at risk if you do not have an appropriate strategy towards open source. We can advise you on the use and licensing of open source code, particularly in the following scenarios:

  • The transactional context: Problems arising in outsourcing, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings etc.
  • The use context: Technology companies using open source code offered by others.
  • The 'change of business model' context: Software companies moving towards offering their own software as 'open source code' due to market demands or considerations.

Our thorough understanding of open source licenses, technologies and industry trends means that we can review your existing policies and work with you to craft robust processes and policies for the usage of open source code such as:

  • Policy on open source code usage
  • Process description on how IT managers, developers, etc. must obtain approval from legal departments for particular open source usage
  • Summary charts on compliance requirements under existing source licenses to assist in-house counsel in the approval process
  • Counsel on particular problem situations e.g., how a certain code may be or may not be deployed and the repercussions under a particular license agreement

The Australian Information Commissioner has issued draft Australian Privacy Principle Guidelines that provide important insight to how the new Australian Privacy Principles apply to offshoring of IT services and functions.
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior has recently published its administrative guidance regarding a "no spy guarantee" for companies that enter into certain procurement contracts with the German Federal Government. Several recent press articles also purport that a number of Federal States, so far including the states of Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Saxony-Anhalt, also plan to introduce comparable guarantee requirements for their IT tender procedures.
シェンゲン領域での短期滞在期間の計算方法が2013年10月18日より変更されます。この変更は、理事会規則 (EC) No 539/2001に基づき、ビザなしでシェンゲン領域内に短期滞在できる第三国の国籍保有者のシェンゲン領域国における滞在に影響があり、日本国籍保有者にも適用されます。そのため、シェンゲン領域の訪問には細心の注意が必要です。詳細についてはニュースレターをご覧ください。
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Every day our more than 4,000 lawyers, economists, tax advisors and other professionals share insights and best practices across borders and practices. We speak more than 75 languages and represent more than 55 nationalities, and the close relationships among our people fosters the trust needed to develop and deliver world-class solutions to multinational clients.

We share an uncompromising commitment to excellence, which explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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