Patent Outsourcing Thrives Amid Lingering Concerns

Law360, New York (January 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- As U.S. companies and law firms fork over increasing amounts of patent work to offshore vendors in India, legal experts are debating how well the financial benefits stack up against the intellectual property concerns surrounding the practice.

With the cost of obtaining patents on the rise and budgets on the decline, the skyrocketing popularity of patent outsourcing – which includes patent applications, prior art and infringement research, proofreading, and drafting of technical specifications, among other services – comes as little surprise.

Nor does India’s prominence at...
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