The 5 Drivers of IP Operating Costs

Today‚Äôs unforgiving budgetary climate confronts corporate IP departments with a multitude of challenges: from pressures on headcount and outside counsel spend, to the costs of portfolio maintenance fees and software systems. The corporate IP department faces continuous scrutiny of their budgets and spending. While the easy scapegoat is the oft-quoted exorbitant hourly rates of outside counsel, the truth is that …

Managed Services for IP Operations

In their pursuit of greater efficiency and cost savings, corporate IP groups are increasingly open to new ways of meeting their operational requirements. These include evaluating internal capabilities such as process reengineering, new organization structures and advanced IPM software systems. Many companies have also begun working more closely with their outside counsel to shift certain ops and admin tasks, such …

Poll: What is the Best Way to Support IP Operations?

Corporate IP departments have commonly had a mix of internal IP staff and external legal services. The relative proportion a department adopts can be driven by a number of factors. But for many it is simply a matter of philosophy. Some believe having internal capabilties are critical; while others feel that certain legal and administrative work is more effectively outsourced …

A New Model for Trademark Operations

Our recent article published in the World Trademark Review, entitled, A New Model for Trademark Operations, discusses our perspectives on important changes in the management of trademarks. Trademark departments are needing to transform themselves driven by complexity, global risk, cost pressures and human capital requirements. A new model allows for significant cost savings, while being flexible enough to meet each …