About: Eyal Iffergan

Eyal Iffergan is President and CEO of Hyperion Global Partners, a premier global consultancy for legal business strategy and operations. With over 20 years of experience advising to the legal and intellectual property business communities, his practice is focused on helping clients to manage the business of law – he is considered a global authority on legal operational performance management. An expert in addressing the challenges of legal business operations, process, organization and technology, he works with AmLaw 200 law firms and Global 1000 corporations to design and implement enterprise-wide strategy and transformation programs.

Recent Posts

The Engine That Could:  Workflow and Paperless Automation in IP

As part of achieving the harmonizing effect sought within an IPBM framework, we’ve observed the market express a strong desire to move beyond mere data entry into something much more dynamic. In fact, there are few trends more deliberate, focused and clearly defined than pursuit of shedding the cumbersome business of data entry toward better leverage of the electronic data and metadata that swirl about the average business day-to-day.  Paperless processing is a crucial goal of IPBM, and IP Management in general has long lagged behind many of the other legal disciplines in the maturity of processes from manual, data entry to automated process and workflow management.  Workflow, or in a larger sense Business Process Management (“BPM”) is the core enterprise discipline that serves as the crucial bridge between outdated ways of working and progressive business management.
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The Innovation Community:  Capture, Nurture, Manage

One key driver in the shift toward IPBM involves addressing the challenge of failing to protect the valuable ideas borne from the work of innovation. The management of innovation, and nurturing the participation of inventors and IP asset developers, is paramount in this movement. Increasingly, the leading IPM vendors have sought to harness this nexus and develop new tools to better engage and empower all stakeholders in the innovation lifecycle. Many of the advanced solutions covered in this report are either introducing new tools to drive invention disclosure, IDS and prior-art searching processes, or have significantly improved upon and matured existing capabilities.
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IP Spend Management: Contextualizing Performance

The legal business landscape has shifted significantly over the past decade. Since the financial crash of 2008, corporate law and IP departments and law firms were forced to do more with less, making the allocation of resources more critical than ever. As the bottom line continues to recover in the years since, the crux of IP Management has evolved from an emphasis on legal matters to one of spend management visibility and the revenue-generating potential of individual assets. This has, in effect, formed a well-defined focus to align the management of intellectual property assets and the achievement of overall business objectives—and ultimately, to demonstrate real return on investment.  
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Accidental IPBM: The IP Applications Landscape

Leading intellectual property practices today have reached a standard that transcends docketing, data entry and paper-based management methods. “IP Management” (“IPM”) as a discipline and technology model has been widely adopted and embraced by corporate IP practices and law firms alike; as a technological generation, it is arguably nearly a dozen years old.  Ever more progressive in its reach and intensifying in demand, IPM has expanded significantly in recent years to include a growing, sophisticated number of processes, modules, functions, and innovation-oriented competencies.
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A New IP Operational Paradigm for the 21st Century

The discipline of intellectual property management (“IPM”) continues to mature as a management priority for innovation and brand-driven companies.  As intellectual property owners continuously seek ways to improve their IPM strategies, processes and organizations, the need for increasingly capable technology systems drives an increasing and rapidly-paced maturity in business and operational IP Management.
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The Year for Operational Effectiveness

Whether in our business or personal lives, and in spite of end-of-year “quarterbacking,” the turn of the year presents a welcoming blank slate that allows us to focus on the fresh opportunities of the 12 months ahead. Planning for the new year is both a time for reflection and planning, focusing on setting our own priorities, as well as those of our businesses. Which operational objectives will you focus on in the new year to help drive success?
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Law, Technology and the Social Network

Shopping for legal technology is often a matter of relying on the experience of others The market for legal technologies is ever-active—and ever-expanding. Recent market data is very clear on the strong drive for investment in Cloud-based technology, workflow and automation tools, analytics and collaboration platforms. As the technologies grow ever more sophisticated to match the businesses they support, and the number of options and approaches multiply, it is more critical than ever – and the risks more pronounced than ever – that legal organizations assess their needs diligently and strive to select new and upgrade technology as thoughtfully —and with as much information—as possible.
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Insights Poll: The Process Stakes Have Been Raised

Spend Management Has Become Table Stakes – Process May Now Be Taking Center Stage When it comes to analytics, the legal ecosystem as a whole spends an amazing amount of energy on understanding spend. In fact, Hyperion Research has found that 98% of legal organizations report on and consume spend management metrics; it is by far the most prolific and mature metric in legal. However, Hyperion’s recent polling produced a surprising insight: when asked about what metric they deemed most relevant, only 9% of legal operations managers reported spend management. Is this some sort of cognitive dissonance?
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Insights Poll: When It Comes To Content Security, How Sure Is Sure?

Can confidence breed complacency? The recent news about the “Panama Papers” fiasco has many of us who work in legal concerned—again—with issues of content security. This most recent scenario, in which 11.5 million documents and 2.6 terabytes of data related to the super-secretive world of offshore banking found their way from a Panamanian law firm and into the public eye, only serves to highlight the sensitive nature of legal work – and the constant vigilance required to protect legal work product.
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The Growth of Process Automation in IP Management

Intellectual property groups typically rely on “docketing systems” as the central resource for managing task assignments, deadlines and other case-related information. While traditional docketing systems provide important country rules and PTO procedures, these systems tend to be limited to their workflow capabilities, including the ability to automate processes across the IPM lifecycle or to meet unique client-defined requirements.
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