Innovative Practice Forum Focused on IP Thought Leadership Celebrates First Year

Un-conference-type, focused innovation discussions highly popular with IP leadership

BURLINGTON, VT – March 15, 2018

Aurora North Software, a leader in delivering IP solutions and Intapp products for law firms, announced the one-year anniversary of its Innovative Practice Forum (IPF) thought leadership program. Established in early 2017, the IPF is an independent, loosely structured influencer think tank including leading minds in IP prosecution and IP practice management; legal technology innovation and law firm operations.

Over the past 12 months, seven Innovative Practice Forums have been held in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Trending topics discussed by 40+ top IP firms in attendance have included USPTO’s eMod program; optimizing the IP prosecution process; and tracking meaningful analytics to more effectively run the practice.

“We kept asking ourselves, why isn’t there some sort of structure to bring IP practice managers together?” said Chris Kave, Principal of Aurora North and IPF brainchild. “We know the smartest people in IP, and they all seemed eager to compare notes, network with peers, and talk about the future. It has truly been a win-win for everyone.”

The IPF kicked off 2018 in Minneapolis focused on analytics, OCG compliance, and how to establish frictionless IP prosecution processes. Upcoming IPF venues include Chicago and Washington, D.C., with more events in the planning stages.

“The challenge is to keep these meetings conversational and manageable in terms of size and overall flow,” said Brian Lynch, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Aurora North. “We encourage peer-to-peer conversations and not a knowledge export session where one expert talks and everyone else takes notes. We want to move the industry forward with the great minds that are running the most complicated, high-volume client portfolios.”

“Aurora’s depth and breadth of experience in the IP space is par excellence,” said Gillian Power, CIO of Lathrop Gage LLP. “A perfect case in point is the Innovative Practice Forum. The resulting learnings and the relationships forged are immensely beneficial. The business partnership with Aurora produces strong value. Like an outstanding vintage, it pleases on the first sip and with each subsequent glass.”

Aurora North, sponsor of the Innovative Practice Forum, developed the PracticeLink® IP practice management platform, which currently processes well over 15,000 patents annually as part of firms’ IP prosecution processes. From automated USPTO, client, and foreign associate information intake to powerful workflow to comprehensive client communications, PracticeLink streamlines IP prosecution, enabling lawyers and staff to focus on high-value client activities.

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About Innovative Practice Forum

Established in 2017, the Innovative Practice Forum includes IP thought leaders who regularly meet to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities in the IP prosecution space. Participating firms help each other – and themselves – evolve to more effectively manage risk, increase efficiency, and provide superior client service. To join the conversation, visit

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