By Michael T. Moore of Rambus and Dan Ovanezian of Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Quote: “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” attributed to Charles Darwin
In-house counsel is the primary point of contact for inventors and innovators with an organization, and thus can influence the innovation process through education, inventor outreach, and patent harvesting. However, in-house counsel is not alone in this process and can partner with and leverage outside counsel as a force multiplier to accelerate these efforts. This is a win-win for both parties as in-house counsel benefits from additional resources and expertise and outside counsel can more deeply engage with the inventors and build relationships for more effective disclosure and partnership.
Note: In the following article the term engineer is used, but this applies equally to software developers, scientists, technicians, technologists, and anyone in the creative technical arts.
General Points to Cover
In-house counsel (IHC) are being asked to do more with less: limited budgets, fewer staff, and particularly in large multinational organizations, clients spread across a broader geographical footprint.
Our patent clients, usually engineers and scientists, frequently have tight project deadlines and particularly for less experienced clients find it too time ...