A $5 billion printing and technology company needed to manage and effectively file hundreds of patent applications annually. Patents are critical to the company’s ability to grow and maintain market share, so they must be completed efficiently and with discriminating quality.
Counsel On Call assembled a team of deeply experienced attorneys and patent agents licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and work in the area of patent prosecution. The team worked remotely and all team members were set-up on a secure Counsel On Call-managed server with individual email addresses.
The attorneys prepared patent applications (based on invention disclosures by the inventors) and responded to subsequent office actions filed by the PTO, providing a professionally drafted and completed work product. The in-house managing lawyer completed the actual application filing.
Counsel On Call committed to a 60-day turnaround for each application (unless there was an earlier “bar date” with the PTO) but typically met a 45-day turnaround in order to provide more time for the applications to be reviewed and processed internally.
The high-level work, attention to detail and communications expertise needed on this matter demanded a seasoned team of attorneys. The Counsel On Call attorneys selected had decades of patent experience and technical knowledge. Some were already retired, or semi-retired, and appreciated the flexibility of being able to work from home. In fact, the remote-work arrangement provided the client a broader base of talent to choose from across the country.
Counsel On Call’s patent leadership group averaged more than 30 years of experience. The average experience teamwide was more than 18 years
After an initial trial period in which metrics were tracked on time and complexity of the applications, the billing arrangement became a set, per application fee that was cost-effective and highly competitive with any domestic or off-shore options. And because the attorneys worked remotely, overhead expenses were eliminated.
The Counsel On Call team efficiently managed the large workload and saved the client thousands of dollars per application compared to traditional patent application methods.