The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will launch in November the Enable Makeathon, a programme aimed at developing affordable solutions for persons with disabilities in rural areas.
Earlier this week, I read an interesting article that explored the reasons why law firms often struggle to innovate. The article highlighted what is already well-known, that most law firms are driven by the almighty billable hour – a metric that is said to discourage efficient behavior.
A number of other contributing factors were cited as well, including that some successful law firms don’t see the need for innovation. Some of them simply don’t have the culture to support innovation, and projects become overly complex. And others are just too focused on today, and don’t see the importance of planning for the future.
Although not mentioned in the article is the fact that law firms also need to make better use of software and technology which can help with everything from more efficiently performing core service services such as automating enforcement activities to more effectively and collaboratively engaging with clients to provide real-time updates on the status of open cases. Workflow systems and predictive analytics help bring an even more consistent interaction between the in-house and outside counsel communities. These types of technology solutions improve the quality of services provided, keep costs down for clients, and provide desirable margins for law firms – a clear win-win for all involved.
To achieve such synergies however, both in-house and outside counsel must embrace and invest in software and technology – and expect more from all those involved. The investment made on both sides will not be trivial. But for those law firms which truly view their clients as partners, these changes will be necessary. Because maintaining the status quo will only lead to an “us against them” dynamic where no one wins.
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A private sector panel at the World Intellectual Property Organization this week explored the collaborative relationships that develop between screenwriters, producers, and directors around the world as they bring a project from an initial idea to a finished film. The panel also looked at the role of copyright law in the various stages of this film-making process.
This year the European Patent Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) celebrate 30 years of bilateral co-operation – a partnership that has had a profound impact on intellectual property worldwide.