Dynamic Sourcing: Creating a Multi-Source Enabled Environment

Most corporations have well-established capabilities in multi-sourcing. While lagging their functional colleagues in the adoption of multi-sourcing, the law department is now quickly catching up.  Nearly half of Global 1000 law departments reported that they have implemented Shared Services Centers (SSC); with an additional 25 percent having evaluated them (see Fig. 1).
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Legal Process Outsourcing for IP

Intellectual property departments are continuously evaluating their approach to outside professional services.  The use of outside counsel, agents, annuity payment services, search services and other specialized expertise are all long-standing examples of outsourced professional services--and certainly are not new to most departments.  However, a new service model, legal process outsourcing (“LPO”), is gaining increased traction as a more structured and comprehensive approach to intellectual property services.
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