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Intellectual Property Patent Licensing and Transactions

A Secondment Can Help Grow Your IP Practice

Although your company may have an in-house IP attorney, your company may still need temporary help from an outside law firm to develop your company’s patent portfolio and to solve your company’s need for temporary help with minimal need for training and financial investment. If you do not have the budget to hire an in-house IP attorney, the solution is to try a secondment — an attorney from an outside law firm temporarily joins your in-house legal team as a “secondee” on a part-time or full-time basis.


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You are a start-up or small company. You are growing in size and growing in Intellectual Property (IP) legal work, but your company still does not have the funds to hire an in-house IP attorney. While your company may currently staff a few in-house corporate attorneys, their expertise is generally confined to non-IP areas of law. Consequently, they do not have the requisite experience to advise on IP strategy, nor the credentials to draft and prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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