Patent outsourcing demands special skills

By Sushil Kumar,Clairvolex Knowledge Processes

The shift towards the knowledge economy has led many organizations to gradually make intellectual property a core component of their long-term strategy.

Dr Sushil Kumar, Partner, Clairvolex
Dr Sushil Kumar

This has made companies build large patent portfolios but the need to realize maximum value from them has led to the outsourcing of patent-related activities. A typical patent application consisting of activities such as prior art searching; interviews with inventors; drafting background, specifications, claims, and summaries; preparing drawings, and the final review, modification or proofreading can be done by IP professionals in remote locations as long as the process is well-defined.

The activity under an offshore patent services unit demands specific skills and expertise, infrastructural suitability, cultural compatibility, established intellectual property structure in the country and a win-win contractual agreement.

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Dr Sushil Kumar is vice-president of Clairvolex Knowledge Processes, a Delhi-based legal outsourcing firm.

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