For In-House Counsel
Patent GC can act as an extension of your in-house capabilities. For companies with corporate counsel, but no in-house IP counsel, we can play the role of in-house IP counsel on an on-demand, part-time basis. For companies with existing in-house IP counsel, we can supplement the work done by the in-house team, allowing work such as patent prosecution, patentability analyses and special projects to be done in-house, rather than being sent to expensive outside counsel.
For the General Counsel
As General Counsel, you handle your company’s day-to-day legal matters and hire and supervise outside counsel on specialized matters. If you don’t have a patent background, however, you may find - like many in-house GCs - that managing the company’s patent matters is difficult and frustrating. We can help. All Patent GC attorneys have been in-house counsel, and understand the importance of aligning IP strategy with business strategy. We also understand the importance of managing to a budget and keeping costs under control. Whether you engage us to take some of your patent prosecution work at a reduced cost, or ask us to act as part-time “in-house” IP counsel to help manage outside resources and coordinate your company’s patent committee, we can bring the experience, efficiency and management to your company’s IP legal matters that you are able to bring to the company’s corporate, compliance and litigation matters.
For the in-house IP lawyer
As in-house IP counsel, you are likely to find yourself overburdened with project work from time to time. But you may not have the budget to hire another in-house IP lawyer, and you’d prefer not to send out your project work to a traditional firm because of cost and lack of in-house experience. Patent GC is a great solution. We can be your overflow safety valve; when things are too busy, we can step in to help out. Think of us as a member of your team, but without the commitment of adding to your full-time staff and without the burden of training a junior lawyer.
We provide range of intellectual property services to our clients, including:
Patent Prosecution: Patent GC can handle all of your patent prosecution work, including full docketing support.
Strategic Patent Portfolio Building: Instead of just taking invention disclosures and converting them into patent applications, Patent GC can develop short term and long term plans for building a patent portfolio that is designed to support the company’s business strategy and objectives.
Outsourced Patent Counsel: In our capacity as on-demand “in-house” IP counsel, our clients rely on us to create and run their patent committees, manage litigation, perform freedom to operate studies and patentability analyses.
Trademark Prosecution and Counseling: Patent GC offers a full suite of trademark law services.
Transaction Due Diligence: Companies and investors utilize Patent GC as a cost-effective solution for IP due diligence in advance of M&A and venture financing transactions.
Monetization of Intellectual Property: Patent GC can help you develop practical plans to monetize your intellectual property. Drawing from in-house experiences and successful programs, Patent GC will work with you to identify real business opportunities which use intellectual property to help build your business.
Open Source: Open source licensing issues are addressed by all technology companies. We can assist our clients in developing effective, workable policies and procedures for helping you manage the many issues created by the ready availability of software under open source licenses.