Europe's leading company in the war on plagiarism is bringing its fight to North America, and it's doing so from a base in Chesterfield.
Urkund, a Swedish maker of text-comparison software, announced Thursday that it is launching North American operations under the name Ouriginal, a unit that will be based in Chesterfield and led by veteran technology executive Eric Gibbs.
Gibbs has worked at other educational software companies including Turnitin, a competing plagiarism-detection program.
Academic institutions, government agencies and companies use Urkund's subscription-based software to verify the originality of written material.
Urkund claims to be the plagiarism-protection market leader in both Europe and India. It sells to 5,000 institutions in 80 countries.