One thing is clear if you read the interview with the Managing Attorney of Rio Tinto, a Global Mining company that made headlines a few weeks ago when it announced a large LPO deal with CPA Global: there are GC’s out there who would like to law firms to embrace offshoring with more gusto. Law firms that realize this will have a marketing edge (at least with some clients). In the interview, the Managing Attorney, Leah Cooper, said: Read the rest of this entry »
An interesting analysis of recent ValueNotes research appears on Integreon’s blog.
Back in May, ValueNotes issued a report which concluded that LPO penetration had been relatively weak at law firms (only 3% of the surveyed firms had worked with an LPO.) ValueNotes is one of the few companies that has conducted research on the LPO industry. While Integreon suggests that this can be explained by factors other than a wholesale rejection of the concept (LPO is a nascent industry and lawyers are very slow to change), the post suggests that under-reporting may be at play. In short, individual lawyers may not be aware of what is happening at their firms. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Ross of LawScribe, an LPO that provides services in several areas including e-discovery, IP, corporate transactions and legal research, is offering a free Webinar on ethical issues in outsourcing legal work. I’ve heard Mark’s past presentations and they are very worthwhile. Below is a description. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the largest patent aggregators has amassed a portfolio of over 27,000 patents. But it hasn’t filed a single law suit in order to monetize its holdings. Rather, it describes itself as a troll repellent.
That’s one prediction:
“We expect that over 25,000 jobs for Intellectual Property professionals will be created in the next 2-3 years. As there is an increase in the need for IP professionals in law firms, knowledge and legal process outsourcing companies and other corporate houses,” said, Atulya Nath, CEO, Global Institute of Intellectual Property.
I’m not sure this prediction has concrete data behind it (I’ve already commented on this problem here.) And the CEO of a school that trains IP professionals does have some bias. Nonetheless, the IP job market does seem poised for growth in both the domestic Indian legal market (as IP enforcement becomes more prevelant) and in the ranks of LPOs that support US and UK IP work.
Corporations do not like fighting off claims made by NPEs that assert patent infringement. It’s a nuisance and it is expensive.
While troll behavior is hard to stop (under our current patent system, there is no requirement that you build an invention simply because you own the rights to do so), penalizing law firms who represent these individuals may be the way to go. Under such a proposal, corporations would take away other forms of legal work from firms that represent NPEs.
Some pundits argue that the current recession is putting an end to the highly leveraged model of law firm staffing. In literal terms, this is probably true. It will be a long time before any firm is willing to bulk up on entry level associates; and corporate clients are using this moment to push back on the use of these highly inexperienced attorneys.
But is it really the end of leverage? Won’t firms continue to push lower value work to vendors who can get the work done more cheaply (either contract attorneys on-shore or LPOs offshore?)
Maybe it is more accurate to say that the pyramid will continue to exist; but the bottom of the pyramid will represent outside providers who do not have the same payrolls or overhead that right now are hurting Biglaw. See also my prior post.