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The Great Resignation: What IP Law Firms Must Do to Adapt

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Principal & Legal Placement Consultant, Mona Hart LLC

Mona Qureshi-Hart is the principal of Mona Hart LLC, a boutique national legal placement consulting firm based in Boulder County, Colorado. She brings to her recruiting and placement practice experience as an IP lawyer focused on trademark and branding in industries as diverse as telecom, software, agriculture, and fashion and as a co-owner of a boutique full-service law firm that also handled patent matters. That experience has made her a trusted partner to both IP attorneys considering a change and IP practices and in-house groups nationwide. While Mona does have a specialty in IP, she also works with professionals and practices focused on other areas of the law, including cybersecurity and privacy, venture capital and startup, general corporate, commercial litigation, government contracts and labor & employment among other areas. Mona is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce College of Law at University of New Hampshire and the University of Michigan.

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Clarivate™ is a global leader in providing solutions to accelerate the lifecycle of innovation. Our bold mission is to help customers solve some of the world’s most complex problems by providing actionable information and insights that reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing inventions in the areas of science and intellectual property. We help customers discover, protect and commercialize their inventions using our trusted subscription and technology-based solutions coupled with deep domain expertise.

Rising inflation coupled with tight labor markets are creating a perfect storm for all business and law firms are no exception, and neither are Intellectual Property firms. Even though many IP firms, particularly patent firms, pay a substantial premium for new and lateral hires when compared with the broader legal market, IP firms still must compete with the prevailing view that the grass is greener elsewhere, that another firm will offer the right mix of salary and quality of life.  

Balancing the needs of the firm with the needs of employees has never been more important. The pandemic forced IP practices to pivot to remote work and adopt new tools to support virtual collaboration among attorneys, staff, and clients. But now as we move into a post-pandemic world where many employees believe they have been just as productive from home and do not want to go back to the office.

The “great resignation” is refining not only how firms allocate resources, but how they stay competitive with prospective talent while balancing the “new normal”, whatever that ultimately winds up being.

Gene Quinn, founder, and CEO of IPWatchdog and one of the most influential voices in the intellectual property world, on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 12 PM ETfor a conversation about the great resignation and what IP firms can and should be doing today and into the future. Joining Gene will be Mona Qureshi-Hart, an experienced IP attorney turned nationally recognized recruiter and placement consultant to both law firms and corporations, and Milan Milojevic, VP Brand IP & Managing Director at Clarivate. The panel will discuss:  

Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 12:00 PM ET

  • The great resignation: What it is and why it is affecting IP law firms?
  • What are emerging best practices within IP law firm staffing and service models?
  • Should operational efficiencies and cost savings come at the expense of values and culture?
  • Can shifts from traditional models successfully attract a younger workforce who is looking for a different work experience?
  • Achieving balance: How to identify higher-value activities and direct resources accordingly while experiencing sometimes sudden staffing shortages?

VP Brand IP & Managing Director, Clarivate

With a 20-year connection to the world of Intellectual Property (IP), Milan Milojevic began his career as an IP Attorney in Southeast Europe. In 2012, Milan Milojevic co-founded a boutique IP Law Firm focused on the European trademark market. The law firm quickly achieved remarkable success by securing new opportunities, combining legal advice with tech innovation in support of changing market demands. As a practicing attorney, Milan Milojevic worked closely with Managers of IP departments at leading organizations including Novartis, Nestle, NGB, Marks & Clerk, Ferrero, and more.

In 2015, Milan Milojevic sat on the Board of Ipan Gmbh, now part of Clarivate™. From there, he rose in the ranks of leadership and secured the position of Chief Business Development Officer of Ipan/Delegate. Today, Milan Milojevic leads the CompuMark™, MarkMonitor™, Trademark Renewals, and Trademark Administrative business lines, including a team of 500+ colleagues in Belgrade.

Milan Milojevic

President, IPWatchdog, Inc.

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Mr. Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine, in both 2014 and 2019. From 2017-2020, Mr. Quinn has also been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world, and in 2021 he was recognized by IAM in their inaugural Strategy 300 Global Leaders list. Mr. Quinn founded in 1999, and he is currently President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. According to IAM Magazine, Mr. Quinn “has reshaped the IP debate in the United States in a way that has forced policy makers to carefully consider the macroeconomic effects of IP law and its potential to drive innovation and economic activity.”

Gene Quinn