USPTO Stirs Talk Of Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing

Law360, New York (July 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Companies that outsource their U.S. patent application drafting should keep U.S. export laws in mind, the USPTO said in a notice published in the Federal Register last week, a reminder that has reignited the debate over the potential risks and rewards of sending legal process work offshore.

With the U.S. economy faltering, companies are increasingly interested in cutting costs by outsourcing expensive legal work to foreign law firms or legal service providers that charge lower prices.

Legal outsourcing firms assist with everything from document review to...
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