TYSONS CORNER, Va., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Red Hat, Inc. Vice President Bryan A. Sims has joined global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. to spearhead the firm's corporate and intellectual property law practice focused on the open-source computer software business. Sims joins Squire Sanders after five years with Red Hat, the world's leading provider of the popular Linux operating system and pioneer in the open-source software movement. At Red Hat, Sims most recently was Vice President of Corporate Development and before that held the positions of Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs and Sales Operations. He is based in Squire Sanders' Tysons Corner office. "Leading Fortune 500 businesses are already deploying open-source software and are expected to acquire approximately $100 billion in open-source licensed software in the near future. As a global law firm, we think the continued deployment of open-source software has created an immediate need for experienced counsel to help clients manage both intellectual property issues and complex business agreements," said Joseph P. Markoski, managing partner of the firm's offices in Tysons Corner and Washington DC. "Bryan has unparalleled expertise in the IP and business challenges inherent in this emerging business model." While at Red Hat, Sims pursued a variety of alliances for the company, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. He also created and ran the group responsible for the global legal and business negotiations associated with Red Hat's global partnership and customer relationship contracts. During his tenure at Red Hat, Sims closed significant deals with major hardware manufacturers such as Dell and IBM. In addition, he guided the company's legal, business and public relations strategy for the Red Hat versus SCO case -- a seminal software case. Before joining Red Hat in 2000, Sims was a lawyer with Arent Fox PLLC and with Arter & Hadden LLP, both in Washington DC. He received his B.A. in 1990 from Howard University in Washington DC and his J.D. in 1994 from Ohio State University College of Law. Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. is one of the largest international law firms with approximately 700 lawyers serving clients throughout the world. The firm's offices in the Americas are in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Tampa, Tysons Corner and Washington DC. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Contact: Drez Jennings Marketing Communications Manager Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. +1.216.802.7301 email@example.com
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