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International IP Management and Cost Control - Interview: David W. Highet, Becton Dickinson - IP Law Summit


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David W. Highet who is Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Beckton Dickinson and a speaker at the marcus evans IP Law Summit Spring 2013, discusses how legal department costs can be effectively managed.

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International IP Management and Cost Control - Interview: David W. Highet, Becton Dickinson - IP Law Summit

  1. 1. International IP Management and Cost Control approach this is to appoint an internal One strong positive element is the time candidate who has already established a difference. If international staff work in relationship with the department and a very effective way and in the same the company. Alternatively, a team manner as local employees, a virtual member could spend a limited amount cycle of work can be created where of time working in locations where an IP unfinished work – at the end of the local attorney is needed to get an employees’ day – can be completed, at understanding of the client’s needs, so the beginning of the international management can make a better hiring employees’ day. decision when the need arises. What strategies can you suggest for reducing legal department costs?Interview with: David W. Highet, Firstly, a continuous assessment ofVice President & Chief Intellectual projects needs to be made so that theProperty Counsel, Becton Dickinson department can define if this work will Staff achieve the business goals. If this is the case, the next question is whetherAppointment of a member of the local this will be best done byIntellectual Property (IP) department in-house lawyers or by outsourcing. skill setsto a position in an international office Working with company procure -can be an effective mechanism for ment organizations can help legalexpanding the reach of the department, departments negotiate serviceaccording to David W. Highet, Vice agreements and provide data on the have toPresident & Chief Intellectual Property service of vendors. This will helpCounsel, Becton Dickinson. Also, time determine if there are any less costlydifferences can work as an advantage as alternatives.matters can be handed over at the end matchof a local employee’s day and picked up What tools could help determineat the beginning of an international what and when to outsource legalemployee’s day, he adds. work? theA speaker at the marcus evans IP Staff skill sets have to match theLaw Summit Spring 2013, in business needs, so that the right peopleColorado Springs, Colorado, March are doing the right job. As the business21-23, Highet shares his views on needs change, staff may need to be businessknowing what and when to outsource changed in certain ways. Work that islegal work. routine, repetitive and of high volume, is the most amendable for outsourcing.What are the problems and needsprospects of international IP How can IP staff be bettermanagement? managed?The problem when employees are It is very important to have open andlocated outside a centralized location is constant communication with IP staff.the inability for the IP Counsel to have There should be transparency regardingdirect interaction with colleagues if issues and opportunities within theneeded. Also, if managers are not able department. In this way, everyone willto observe the work being done, they know what their prospects are in thecannot collect objective information to organization and no one will feel leftassess performance. The best way to out.
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