Corporates

Do you have the support you need?

In-house counsel or IP managers need an outside counsel they can trust to enable them to add value to their employers and to give them the freedom to meet their own internal objectives.

As an in-house attorney or IP manager, you need to have confidence that your external counsel understands your business, commercial objectives, internal culture, team structure and preferred ways of working; and be certain that you can trust them to communicate openly and constructively with you.

We understand these requirements because we work for some of the world’s largest multinational companies. We know that it is imperative that you work with IP attorneys that have the necessary scale, flexibility, breadth of experience and technical skill, to help you realise your commercial objectives.

How can we help support your in-house IP function?

No matter your industry, GJE forms client-specific teams built of specialists you know personally.  Each team is formed so as to have the right combination of legal, technical and commercial expertise that will deliver the results you are looking for and is cross-disciplinary in the same way your teams are.

We understand you work to tight deadlines – so do we. We are a safe pair of hands you know you can depend on under pressure. We pride ourselves on our internal operations that enable consistent and rapid reporting and acknowledgements and are happy to set-up bespoke SLAs and KPIs. When working with us, you have a single point of contact for all general enquiries, ensuring efficiency.

Cost certainty and billing transparency is essential. We have a transparent, standardised fee structure that you can rely on when forecasting your budgets. We also offer alternative fee structures that can be designed in collaboration with you to suit your budgetary requirements.  For example, many of our corporate relationships include tiered fees for drafting or responses or a bespoke, structured cost model that matches internal priorities or individual filing programmes giving cost certainty and ease of processing.

Managing an IP budget is never easy, particularly when you are at the mercy of patent offices and internal business projects.  We understand that it is frustrating to receive an unexpected invoice or to be asked to waste time trying to understand what an invoice relates to. We make it as easy as possible for our clients by aligning billing to their internal procedures, be that invoicing on a milestone, monthly or consolidated basis; and ensure our invoices include the level of detail and categorisation each team requires.  We accept multi-currency payments and our experienced admin team have used all major e-billing systems, such as Serengeti, Collaborati, and LEDES.

We invest significantly into our IT systems to ensure we remain market leaders. For example, for some clients we operate bulk data export from our records systems for integration with corporate patent management systems (e.g. FoundationIP).  Likewise, we pride ourselves on our operational excellence. Our admin teams are trained in all major agent access portals such as Anaqua, Lecorpio, Ipendo and others.  These characteristics, along with our extensive experience, allow us to manage the transfer of large portfolios with ease.

To ensure you and your team meet their CPD targets, we provide support in the form of case law updates, CIPA courses and paralegal training. This ensures your teams are kept up-to-date on legal developments and aren’t at risk of being left behind.

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Why work with us?

We take the time to understand your business and its commercial objectives and where appropriate install bespoke working relationships. Some of our attorneys have experience working in major multinational corporations and understand the internal pressures those working in-house are under.

Our teams are led by hands-on partners, so you can be assured we have sufficient senior leadership on the ground to oversee your cases.

We have one of the most experienced and active patent opposition practices in Europe, and have an enviable reputation to show for it. Our opposition practice has consistently outperformed the industry average set by all other firms operating within the European market. Our opposition practice’s in-depth knowledge of EP oppositions is disseminated throughout our firm and is used to inform our prosecution strategy. We deliver higher quality patent applications on our behalf of clients as a result.

To ensure we continue to meet and exceed your exacting standards, we employ an independent research agency to conduct client service reviews on our behalf, at no cost to you. These reviews are used to identify areas where we can add additional value to your business.

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What next?

If you would like to discuss how we can support your in-house IP function please complete the enquiry form below and we will be in touch within one working day. Alternatively, you can email us directly at gje@gje.com, or call us on +44 (0)20 7655 8500. We look forward to hearing from you.

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