As an IP manager, you constantly assess and reallocate your resources and assets and review whether you use or manage them optimally. You may lack resources and have been postponing the issue because time does not allow for the labour-intensive hiring and training processes. It could also be that your resources do not match your portfolio and your strategy because the landscape has changed, and your internal resources are now needed for your IP crown jewels. Maybe you simply need to find a new, more cost-efficient way of handling standardised processes. The reasons for contemplating Portfolio Outsourcing are both ample and diverse.
If this scenery is similar to yours, you are probably working in a large international company that is IP-knowledgeable and has a clear and well-defined IP strategy. The IP portfolio is large, and perhaps your IP assets are ranked to match their strategic importance.
You are probably used to outsourcing parts of your work in times of overload, but now may be the time for a more consistent approach to outsourcing and for separating out those parts of your IP business that may not need your constant and focused attention.
At Zacco we know about cost-effectiveness and dispensing with time-consuming and superfluous process steps, and consequently Portfolio Outsourcing is an obvious and native part of our service offerings.
Zacco offers Portfolio Outsourcing in many different versions, and it comes as vertical or horisontal outsourcing:
We offer an all-in product where a specified chunk of your IP portfolio is outsourced to us - eg the less important IP assets - which means that the entire process from idea to expiry of IP right is concerned. We then handle all agreed work at agreed prices and report and invoice to you at agreed times for standardised processes.
Or you may choose to outsource only parts of your IP process – patentability screening of invention disclosures or post-grant procedures, just to mention a few.
Portfolio Outsourcing may also be that, rather than your processes, you outsource specific job descriptions to us – eg patent and/or trademark paralegals, or attorneys or general patent process management staff to tide you over in an emergency or during peak workloads.
Portfolio Outsourcing is thus all about finding the solution that suits you best – be it by vertical or horisontal outsourcing. We provide flexibility, competences and processes wrapped in a cost-efficient packaging that accommodates your particular situation.
However, when you choose Zacco as your trusted outsourcing partner you get far more than conventional IP services: We apply a 360° perspective and complement our conventional IP-protection services with eg Cyber Security services – because, at Zacco, we take IT security very seriously indeed. Our IT interface to you is secure, and your outsourced IP is safe with us. Likewise, we can help you with your internal Portfolio Management System and other IT to minimize the risk of your innovations, IP assets and information being unintentionally accessed, distributed and disclosed by unauthorized parties.
With Zacco as your trusted and safe partner, you get a unique combination of legal, technical, digital and Cyber-Security competences to help you to confidently outsource your IP portfolio.