International Award Recognises Murgitroyd & Company for Innovative IP Portal
Murgitroyd & Company won the 2009 WORLD Leaders International IP Award in the Private Practice Patent Excellence/Litigation category for the Europe/Middle East/Africa region.
Winners were nominated and selected by a record number of intellectual property (IP) professionals casting votes in the internationally renowned competition, which is in its sixth year.
The practice came first over seven other nominees for the award, primarily due to its US business development office’s innovative work in developing IP Portal which consolidates and manages foreign filings for busy in-house IP departments.
William Barrett, Vice President of Intellectual Property for RTP-based Advanced Liquid Logic, Inc., said IP Portal had helped to significantly reduce his company’s foreign patent expenses, allowing it to pursue a broader foreign patenting strategy than could have been achieved using more traditional law firm services.
“These cost savings, coupled with a high standard of customer service, flexibility, and willingness to listen to clients make Murgitroyd a first-in-class provider,” Barrett said.
The annual World Leaders International IP Awards recognise excellence in specialised categories across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and North America and attracted IP practitioners from around the world.
“Having peers nominate and vote for us is extraordinarily rewarding and validates the work we are doing with our IP Portal,” said Jamie LeLiever, Global Sales & Marketing Manager for Murgitroyd & Company. IP Portal allows sophisticated IP users to benefit from Murgitroyd & Company’s buying power, centralised coordination, quality foreign agent network monitored under ISO 9001:2008 guidelines, our global IP expertise and single bill for filing in clients' local currencies.
“The IP Portal has provided our company with assurance that we are receiving high quality patent national filing services at the best rates possible,” said Cheryl J. Tubach, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the J.M. Huber Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., adding, “We have been able to streamline our billing processes and create transparency in billing related issues.”
Murgitroyd & Company has expanded its Research Triangle Park operation with new hires, and has hosted industry events such as an IP lunch-and-learn with John Yates, Principal Examiner for the European Patent Office, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and an event with a guest speaker from the Japanese Patent Office. The US business development office moved to larger office accommodation in late 2010.
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