Published on March 8, 2014
Tips for Outsourcing IP Services
Outsourcing IP • IP outsourcing started because companies created too much IP to manage internally. • Outsourcing legal and translation services takes pressure off of the company.
Why outsource? • IP outsourcing can make IP applications more manageable. • It can also make the process more affordable. Avoid bad experiences by following the tips.
1. Fit the Service to the vendor IP vendors will typically focus on just one aspect of the IP application process: Prior art searches Patent illustrations Patent proofreading Patent drafting Patent docketing support – Patent translation – – – – –
2. Look for transparency • Transparency is important for your own comfort. • Look for transparency in: – Processes – Staff – Pricing • If a vendor looks shady, it probably is.
3. Be open to ideas from outsourced partners • If you trust your partner, you will listen to their ideas. • They can give you ideas of what’s going on with projects and give you more accurate quotes.
4. Keep up communication • Professional or personal, communication is important. • Stay up-to-date on project progress. • Keep tabs on setbacks. • Take steps if necessary.
5. Get some face time • Meeting face-to-face will help you get a better read on the company. • Experience their treatment firsthand. • Build more trust in the relationship.
6. Make your relationship close • You receive more input if you work closely together. • Your contribution is important. • Closer relationship means better results.
Ip outsourcing will grow • IP outsourcing = multi-billion dollar industry • World economy continues to expand. • IP services outsourcing contributes to the strength of the economy. • Find an IP translation vendor today.
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