Law firm IP practices are truly unique, and face a unique range of increasing challenges. These include client expectations for faster execution of high-volume work, lower cost, and greater visibility. As organizations work to evolve their prosecution policies, processes and operational approaches, there is power in collaboration and knowledge sharing.
A Forum for Collaboration
Founded in 2017, the Innovative Practice Forum (IPF) provides resources designed to connect IP leaders. The program hosts regional events that enable open peer exchange — with meetings taking place in seven cities nationally. And it publishes articles and resources delivering the insight into industry trends, operational approaches and best practices.
Past Forum events have included guest speakers from the USPTO providing Office updates. And sessions have focused on topics including:
- Strategies for improving efficiency
- Client compliance / OCG
- Data analytics and reporting innovation
- Staffing and organizational models
- Data Integration (Public and Private)
- Training, education and retention
- Streamlining lawyer-client communication and collaboration
- Budgeting and financial practices
- Managing foreign associate invoices
- Moving to electronic tri-fold and “paper-lite” prosecution approaches