The Times West Virginian

September 23, 2012

Bunseki Software Authority focuses on analysis

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Bunseki Software Authority is looking at data from a different perspective.

President Martin Greenman said he and several other individuals, who have partnered on different projects, came together about a year ago to form Bunseki Software Authority, a software analysis and expert witness company.

The business, located in Fairmont, has spent the past year working for a few clients and building its tools, and just recently started marketing itself.

The company wrote its own software that reviews the documents of a plaintiff in a legal case and compares those to the defendant’s materials. Bunseki does this work for the legal and software engineering communities, including cases related to copyright, trade secret or licensing infringement, Greenman said.

He said the business, with the documents from both parties, can run its tools against anything that has been built for software to determine if there’s been some type of infringement.

When organizations have large piles of information that need to be processed, Bunseki can help by looking at patterns and identifying items of relevance, Greenman said.

It’s impossible for a human to compare every last detail when dealing with large volumes of materials, but Bunseki’s tools do that work, he said. The company can identify information that the client may not be aware of — in a much faster and cheaper way — and help the lawyer’s target strategy.

The information that Bunseki develops is not subjective, but is irrefutable fact, Greenman said. The company can point an expert to where he should be building his case, and can provide expert witness services as well.

Bunseki is currently working with about five clients, who are mainly out of state, and also uses its tools internally.

Greenman has been involved in information technology for 13 and a half years, mostly as a contractor for the federal government. He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s degree in software engineering from West Virginia University.

He said Bunseki doesn’t have any of its own employees but contracts workers from createTank LLC, a company that one of his partners, Shirly Roets, owns that develops solutions for federal and commercial clients. Bunseki’s experts are also contracted.

Greenman said he isn’t aware of another company that is doing this work the way that Bunseki does. While other companies advertise software litigation tools that assist with organization, they don’t specialize like Bunseki.

One of Bunseki’s clients is a medium-sized corporation specializing in financial software that used to have a partnership with another company, which ended on good terms, Greenman said. However, the other party ended up being purchased by a large multinational company, which decided to write the same software, and there was a violation of a trade secret.

The medium-sized company sued and provided Bunseki with 400,000 documents for the case, and the large multinational company offered 6 billion documents, he said. Bunseki had to identify elements so the experts could target their time more efficiently and build up the case against the infringement that occurred.

Greenman said it’s rewarding to see how Bunseki’s tools have benefitted clients.

“I think it’s just really cool,” he said. ”It’s innovative. It’s different. It attacks the mountain of information in a way that no one in this industry has looked at it before. It’s just really exciting to go and see the potential here.”

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.