Process re-engineering integral to business efficiency

By TS Sharat, Clairvolex Knowledge Processes

Business process management has become an integral aspect of all major corporations. Improving business efficiency through standardizing repetitive functions with a high degree of objectivity is, in particular, a key aspect of this process. Managing intellectual property assets also involves process engineering at various functional levels of an organization.

TS Sharat,Senior patent engineer,Clairvolex Knowledge Processes
TS Sharat
Senior patent engineer
Clairvolex Knowledge Processes

The broad categories of processing include management, operational andsupporting processes. Management processes typically refer to processes that govern the operation of a system, such as corporate governance and strategic management. Operational processes refer to practices that constitute a company’s core business and create the primary value stream. Typical operational processes include purchasing, manufacturing, marketing and sales. Supporting processes refer to those processes which support the core processes. Examples include accounting, recruitment and technical support.

Out of these, operational processes are major cost centres and revenue generators. A substantial degree of process engineering involves dealing with the operational aspects of a company, which provide clients with a plethora of services, or offer a rich product-line. In the context of IP-driven companies, robust processes are used for functions like patentability assessment, portfolio maintenance, patent licensing, and infringement searches. However, the global recession continues to limit the implementation of existing processes and demands that systems be re-aligned towards new business strategies. These limitations come in the form of constrained operational budgets and changes in the demand-supply curve.

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TS Sharat is a senior patent engineer and leads the intellectual property support services unit at Clairvolex Knowledge Processes, a Delhi-based legal outsourcing firm.


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