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Patent and Trademark Prosecution: A Solutions Guide

September 19, 2018

Friction-less IP prosecution is intended to smooth out jagged inefficiencies and automate a process where lawyers can focus on their legal work and not worry about the administration. Pairing the right people on the right tasks with the right level of process automation leads to superior outcomes. Read more...

Patent and Trademark Prosecution: Optimizing for Clients and Practitioners

August 08, 2018

Many IP prosecution practices have grown dramatically in the past decade to keep up with demand, and they have held on to processes they could depend upon - namely paralegals and legal secretaries who simply knew what their patent lawyer’s clients needed (sometimes with the aid of colorful sticky note reminders).  Read more...

Future of IP Conversation: Ari Kaplan's Conversation with Chris Kave

June 04, 2018

"America’s IP alone is valued at almost $6 trillion. That’s larger than most national economies."  Read more...

Innovative Practice Forum Celebrates First Year

March 15, 2018

Over the past 12 months, seven Innovative Practice Forums have been held in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Trending topics discussed by 40+ top IP firms in attendance have included USPTO’s eMod program; optimizing the IP prosecution process; and tracking meaningful analytics to more effectively run the practice.  Contact blynch@auroranorthsoftware.com to join the conversation.

Measure twice, cut once: IP prosecution analytics - presented by Patrick Goodwin - Boston

December 07, 2017

​At our IPF meeting in Boston, Patrick Goodwin explained the organizational and client-driven metrics firms should be focusing on to best balance profitability and client service. Contact Brian Lynch at blynch@auroranorthsoftware.com for more information.

Future of IP Prosecution - presented by Brian Aitchison - Boston

December 07, 2017

At our IPF meeting in Boston, Brian Aitchison walked us through the opportunities and challenges for IP prosecution in the short- and long-term. Contact Brian Lynch at blynch@auroranorthsoftware.com for more information.

Managing Foreign Associate Billing

September 28, 2017

With global patent filing requirements, collaborative legal work with Foreign Associates is common, predictable, and successful. But the financial management element is less mature.  With increased patent volume and increasingly rigorous client instructions, firms are looking for methods to drive consistency and predictability with their Foreign Associate invoice processing to meet their clients’ needs and protect their bottom line. 

Moving to Electronic Tri-fold

August 01, 2017

Delivering the right information to the right people at the right time can be difficult.  Introduce multiple online systems – such as docketing, document management, and content-rich email – and multiple paper file rooms (potentially across multiple offices), and it can be a daunting task to even know if you have the right version in your hands. The ‘Electronic Tri-fold’ concept provides a one-stop ‘online’ shop for critical information pertinent to the IP practitioner when they need it most, expediting a multi-collaborator process and reducing the risk of using outdated or incorrect data. 

Complying with Client Instructions

June 01, 2017

Outside Counsel Guidelines have become more comprehensive, and clients are actively enforcing their instructions.  These range from real-time information provision to client deadline management to billing rates paid per task.   Non-compliance can result in punitive lost revenue to a loss of a client to a ‘compliant’ competitor.  Outside Counsel Guidelines are manage-able, if the right tools are in-place.

Streamling Client / Attorney Communications

June 01, 2017

Patent and trademark prosecution requires timely and effective communications between clients and their IP attorneys.  The high volume of transactions combined with aggressive deadlines leaves little time to report every progress update.  By enabling automated client reporting and establishing content-rich extranets, attorneys can rely on technology to ensure that clients have the latest updates at the time of need.

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