Jack Cook Quoted in "Growing Your Firm in 2021: Advice from Top Growing and Emerging IP Firms"
Quarles & Brady was selected as one of the "Top 25: Growing Patent Firms" by Juristat, an agency that provides analytics and workflow automation support for companies and firms seeking to obtain patents. In a recent Juristat blog post, they shared advice from leaders at some of these firms about how patent firms can make the most impact on their business and key areas to focus on in 2021. In the post, Jack Cook discussed how Quarles & Brady had seen positive growth while focusing on recruitment, firm culture, diversity and being a proactive legal partner.
Below is an excerpt:
“We diversified our mix of timekeepers by creating a patent agent and paralegal program. The patent agent program provides clients with access to the best and brightest scientific minds, while maintaining cost-efficiency. The program also allows us to support agents who wish to attend law school by paying for tuition. This structure complements our typical law-school recruiting and summer-associate programs to provide our clients with continuity of access to the best legal minds. Similarly, we created programs for administrative professionals to become paralegals. The result is a highly skilled team of patent professionals who provide the consistent service required by clients building large patent portfolios,” said Cook.
“We find the diversity of our IP group more instructive than patent volume alone,” Cook also told us. “As just one example, 52 percent of the timekeepers on our IP team, including attorneys, are women.”
“We've grown by helping our clients stay a step or two ahead of the constant and rapid evolution of technology that directly impacts the patent space,” Cook told us. “For example, we work with clients who are focused on advanced manufacturing to help them understand how to integrate and protect new technologies adopted to enhance their product performance and functionality, often pivoting to include new types of technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT).”