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A recent article from The Lawyers Weekly highlighted a topic very near and dear to our hearts: doing and/or getting more for less.  According to a survey released by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), corporate legal departments are being … Continue reading

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Rule 7 of 7 When you look at organizations with larger portfolios a pattern emerges: IP functions begin to be taken in-house. Given sufficient volume it often makes more financial sense to pay in-house paralegal or patent attorney salaries than … Continue reading

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Rule 6 of 7 Selecting only one or two providers to handle your patent work can sometimes increase your buying power, giving you more favorable rates. Asking those providers to use the same foreign attorneys (ideally with whom favorable rates … Continue reading

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Rule 5 of 7 If you have multiple filings due in a given month or quarter then do a batch filing to maximize efficiency and minimize costs. And don’t be afraid to ask your patent attorney for a discount if … Continue reading

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Rule 4 of 7 Many patent applicants and attorneys don’t realize that there is choice available as to who to use for the foreign-filing component of the patent process. The emergence of specialist foreign patent filing providers utilizing technology and … Continue reading

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Rule 3 of 7 Sometimes it is not only what you do right but what you don’t do wrong that counts! Plan your decision-making and funding processes to ensure instructions are sent well ahead of deadlines. This will avoid translation … Continue reading

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Rule 2 of 7 Before selecting countries, do your homework on the competitive landscape, market opportunities and IP system that each potential jurisdiction offers. For consumer goods, first cover existing markets (typically including your home country if not already covered). … Continue reading

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Rule 1 of 7 As the convention priority year comes to a close, decisions need to be made about the invention that is the subject of the priority filing. Is there sufficient commercial interest (or advantage) to justify the costs … Continue reading

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Many of the patent owners, their IP departments and patent attorneys we speak to are under budget pressure. This is especially the case in the essential – but relatively high cost – area of international patent protection. A recession might … Continue reading