Cascade Mountain, Banff, Canada
In the business world, time matters. Your business has to respond to your customers’ demands in a focused and disciplined way every day. From my experience as an in-house patent counsel, I understand the time pressures your business is under. Moreover, in the patent world in particular, time matters. Failure to properly manage patent filing activities can lead to irreversible loss of rights.
2. Customer value
It is important to understand that even when the process is well-managed, investing in patents is a gamble. Many factors have to align for the end result to be an intellectual property portfolio having meaningful value. Your company is (or perhaps should be) making investments in intellectual property to ultimately, over time and in the aggregate, make money. Given the difficulty and uncertainly in building a patent portfolio, it is important to manage both the process and the costs intelligently.
My business is characterized by low overhead. I work out of my home, and don’t have to pay for (or charge my clients for) expensive office space. I am the only employee of my business. I have chosen to focus the services I provide on higher value-added activities that are best performed by a patent attorney having extensive in-house experience. I do not perform services that might be performed in a more cost effective way by a less experienced attorney, or a paralegal or administrative personnel. And I do not perform services that require expensive information technology software and hardware infrastructure.
3. Practical, business-oriented advice
Having worked as in-house patent counsel for two global companies, I appreciate that clients are looking for practical, business-oriented advice. I strive to communicate clearly and honestly with clients, with the client's best interests the top priority.
4. Face-to-face communication
The ultimate value of your company’s intellectual property is likely to be influenced by the clarity and vision of the strategic thinking behind its creation and development. If that strategic vision fails to make its way to your patent activities, then the odds that the potential value of your patents will be realized are significantly diminished.
Ensuring there is alignment between your overall business strategies and your patent portfolio requires planning, communicating and attention to detail. The planning part of that requires both a thorough understanding of your business and a thorough understanding of patent law. Understanding of your business and encouraging proper communication is greatly facilitated, I believe, by face-to-face interaction.
Intellectual property law generally, and patent law specifically, can be arcane, abstract and complicated. I have over fifteen years of experience in intellectual property law, with over a decade of that in an in-house counsel role. I have the right experience to provide high quality services to your business.
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