Announcing Koncision Contract Automation

I’m pleased to announce that I’m partnering with Business Integrity, developer of ContractExpress document-assembly software, to develop Koncision Contract Automation, an online subscription-based service that will make available to lawyers document-assembly templates for business contracts. We’ll be launching our first product, a line of confidentiality agreement templates, in the first quarter of 2011.

This development won’t come as a surprise to longtime readers of this blog, as I’ve certainly dropped enough hints that it’s what I was aiming to do. It’s why I started writing about contract language in the first place. I’m very excited.

The Koncision website is currently a placeholder. You can expect to see a real website, complete with a blog or two, in a couple of months.

I’m posting two other items today relating to Koncision CA. This one is about the editorial boards I’m putting together. And this one is about some features that I’m proposing to incorporate in Koncision CA.

And below is Business Integrity’s press release.

August 20, 2010. For immediate release.

Business Integrity partnering with contract-drafting expert Ken Adams to develop Koncision Contract Automation

NEW YORK—Business Integrity, Inc. has announced that it is partnering with Ken Adams, the leading expert in clear and effective contract language, to develop Koncision Contract Automation, an online subscription-based service that will make available to lawyers document-assembly templates for business contracts. It will be powered by ContractExpress, the document-assembly software developed by Business Integrity.

The first product offered by Koncision CA will be confidentiality agreements, also known as nondisclosure agreements, or NDAs. Because NDAs are the most prevalent sort of business contract, the number of potential users of Koncision CA at law firms and company law departments, both in the U.S. and internationally, is vast.

The aim is to expand Koncision CA’s library of templates by progressively adding other kinds of contracts.

To automate contract drafting, you need both sophisticated and intuitive technology and rigorous contract language. Koncision CA will be the first to offer that combination—ContractExpress is the market-leading document-assembly software and Ken Adams is author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, the first and only comprehensive set of guidelines for modern contract language.

Koncision CA will appoint subject-matter experts to an editorial board for each kind of contract that it offers, and it will use a full range of networking tools to solicit input from users.

Tim Allen, who manages Business Integrity’s operations in North America, said, “We’re delighted to be involved in developing Koncision CA. We expect it to be a breakthrough in making available to transactional lawyers the efficiencies offered by information technology.

Allen added, “No one is better placed than Ken Adams to oversee Koncision CA’s content—he’s done more than anyone else to make contract drafting a rule-driven discipline. Koncision CA unites two top brands—ContractExpress and Ken Adams.”

Ken Adams said, “I’m pleased to be supported in this venture by Business Integrity. For one thing, ContractExpress provides the perfect platform. But beyond that, I’ve greatly enjoyed collaborating with Tim Allen and his colleagues, and we’ve long shared a vision of the best way to draft contracts.

Koncision CA’s NDA template library will be launched in the first quarter of 2011. If you would like Koncision CA to inform you of developments, go to www.koncision.com and join the mailing list.

For more information about Koncision CA, contact Ken Adams at kadams@adamsdrafting.com or Tim Allen at tim.allen@business-integrity.com.

More About Business Integrity

Business Integrity develops and markets the ContractExpress family of online document assembly products – for intranet, for extranet, for SharePoint, and now for the Cloud. Business Integrity has an impressive client list of leading law firms and corporations in the US, UK and internationally, which use ContractExpress to reduce the cost and elapsed time required to produce standard contracts and to enable lawyers to focus on high value non-standard contracts. The company was founded in 2001, and is privately held with offices in New York and London. Business Integrity customers include Microsoft, AXA, PepsiCo, Amazon, McAfee, Cisco Systems, Christies, Cadence, Logitech, Henkel Corporation, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Littler Mendelson, Wilson Sonsini, and Perkins Coie, Poyner Spruill, Stikeman Elliot, and Borden Ladner Gervais. For more information, please visit business-integrity.com.

More About Ken Adams

According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” His book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (ABA 2d ed. 2008) is widely used throughout the legal profession. He gives seminars in the U.S., Canada, and internationally, acts as a consultant and expert witness, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. He also maintains a blog at www.adamsdrafting.com; the ABA Journal included it in its 2009 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.