New article on IPEngine’s website (fill out a very short form to download article.) Raj Malhotra, one of IPEngines co-founders, discusses the benefits of working with IPEngine’s technology team in India. He also addresses some of the pitfalls of outsourcing IP work and suggests ways to manage the risks.
There are different models for outsourcing legal work. On one end of the spectrum, you have companies like GE that have created their own captive site in India. On the other end of the spectrum, you have firms and corporations who have turned to LPOs like IPEngine to handle all of the recruiting, IT, employee management,government regulation, etc. associated with operating in India. Here is a quick discussion of the difference between the two (descibed in the context of business process outsourcing).
If you blog long enough, eventually you will create a spin off. It happens on television; so why not in the blogosphere. For a few months, I have been writing about the growth of legal process outsourcing on my blog CounseltoCounsel. But the time has come for LPO to get more attention. It deserves it’s own blog. And so, today, I launch The Middle Office.
The Middle Office is a spinoff of my blog CounseltoCounsel. In the past year, I have seen an increasing number of articles in the legal and popular press about the growth of LPO. Since CounseltoCounsel focuses on career issues facing the legal industry, it was only natural to talk about the implications of LPO.
In this space, I will continue to write about what LPO means for the careers of American lawyers. But I will also address industry trends, practical considerations in employing LPO, as well as criticisms of the practice.
This blog is brought to you courtesy of IPEngine, an early stage LPO that is focused on the delivery of IP services (prior art searches, patent prosecution, freedom to operate studies, etc.) While I plan to address the use of LPO in a non-IP context, this blog will focus principally on the development of LPO as it affects the practice of IP law and the effective delivery of IP services.