We do your work in the US

With offices in Rapid City, South Dakota and Minneapolis, Minnesota, you can speak to our staff during regular business hours. Since your work stays in the US, you won't deal with export control issues.

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We are Accurate, Efficient and Cost-effective

We have developed advanced automation systems that allow us to to deliver services faster and more accurately than our competitors. Our efficiency allows us to be cost-competitive with Indian outsourcing and more affordable than in-house paralegals.

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We Are IP Experts

You will benefit from our exclusive focus on Intellectual Property. Our managers and trainers have an average of 20 years of IP experience and several are registered patent attorneys.

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Ann McCrackin, President

Former Director of the Patent Prosecution and Procedure Program at Franklin Pierce Law Center

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The Docketing Excellence Webinar Series is a free biweekly webinar series that will feature a presentation by a moderator followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

US-based Intellectual Property docketing and paralegal service that is faster, more accurate and more cost-effective than in house departments and off-shore providers.

AIPLA Annual Meeting

Black Hills IP will be represented at this year's AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC by Jim Brophy (VP of Sales) and Ann McCrackin (President). Visit them to discuss your docketing, paralegal, and analytics needs! If you'd like to arrange a one-on-one meeting please contact Jim at [email protected].

Don’t forget to stop by their booth to pick up the newest addition to our Inventor Series of bobbleheads!

Minneapolis Office Move

Black Hills IP’s Minneapolis office is moving! Not to worry, we’re just moving up to the 7th floor. Make sure to update your address book with our new Suite number #730.

Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, October 6th at 1:00 PM there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce at the Rapid City, South Dakota Black Hills IP location. Refreshments and tours of the office will be provided. Please join us for this grand opening celebration!

Black Hills IP is Sponsoring the 2016 ChIPs Women in Tech, Law and Policy Global Summit

Black Hills IP is a proud sponsor of the 2016 ChIPs Women in Tech, Law and Policy Global Summit. Founded over ten years ago, ChIPs (“Chiefs in Intellectual Property) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy. To learn more about the organization please visit their website at www.chipsnetwork.org.

Black Hills IP’s President, Ann McCrackin, will be attending this year’s Global Summit in Washington, DC and is available for one-on-one meetings on September 15th and 16th. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet please contact [email protected].

Black Hills IP is Attending this Year's IPO Annual Meeting

Black Hills IP will be represented at this year's IPO Annual Meeting in New York by Jim Brophy (VP of Sales) and Ann McCrackin (President). Visit them to discuss your docketing, paralegal, and analytics needs! If you'd like to arrange a one-on-one meeting please contact Jim at [email protected].

Visit us at Booth #104!

Make sure to grab this year's addition to our Inventor Series of bobbleheads. It will be sure to electrify you!

Black Hills IP and the SLW Institute present the Docketing Excellence Webinar Series

The Black Hills IP and SLW Institute Docketing Excellence Webinar Series is a free biweekly webinar series focusing on docketing best practices. Each webinar will feature a presentation by a moderator followed by a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

There will be seventeen webinars over the coming months, each focusing on a critical aspect of the docketing process. Take a look at our webinar schedule, and register free today.

Ann McCrackin Speaking at PLI's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2016

Black Hills IP's President Ann McCrackin will be presenting at the Practising Law Institute's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2016: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing Thursday and Friday, July 14th and 15th in New York. You can find more information on the workshop at PLI's event page.

This is Ann's eleventh straight year on the program and she is excited to be back again. She will be leading seminars on advanced claim drafting for computer and electronics inventions and is also moderating a panel on USPTO trends. If you will be in attendance come say hi. If you won't be attending but are in New York and want to meet, let her know.

Ann McCrackin Speaking for AIPLA Webinar

Ann McCrackin is speaking at a webinar presented by AIPLA on the topic of “How to Become an AIPLA Book Author”. The webinar is on Thursday, March 17, 2016

The webinar is free for AIPLA members. Register here for the webinar.

2014 Cumulative Supplement to Black Hills IP President's book on software patents published

Black Hills IP's President Ann McCrackin wrote the book on electronic and software patents. The book Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice has just been updated with a new supplement. The supplement offers discussion on the recent Supreme Court cases of Alice vs CLS Bank and Limelight vs Akamai, among others.

You can purchase the book and find more information here.

Ann McCrackin Speaking at PLI's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2015

Black Hills IP's President Ann McCrackin will be presenting at the Practising Law Institute's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2015: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing Thursday and Friday, July 16th and 17th in New York. You can find more information on the workshop at PLI's event page.

This is Ann's tenth straight year on the program and she is excited to be back again. She will be leading seminars on advanced claim drafting for computer and electronics inventions and is also moderating a panel on USPTO trends. If you will be in attendance come say hi. If you won't be attending but are in New York and want to meet, let her know.

Dashboard featured in webinar Patent Speed Dating: Licensing Edition

Mark Stignani is presenting a webinar Patent Speed Dating: Licensing Edition on Monday, November 10th in association with the Licensing Executives Society. The webinar will demonstrate how to use the Black Hills IP Technology Dashboard for quick filtering, identify beneficial licensees for your valuable portfolio and quantitative analysis techniques to sort your portfolio.

Black Hills IP reaches 100 customers

We are happy to announce that Black Hills IP now provides services to over 100 of the country's top law firms, corporations and sole practitioners. We've grown tremendously in the past two years thanks to our aggressive focus on quality and efficiency. We are looking forward to bringing our services to even more over the coming years.

Most of all, we'd like to thank all of our customers for making all this possible.

Paralegal Support Services

You are supported throughout the entire prosecution process. We are located in the U.S. in the Central time zone and always just a phone call away. Our procedures are flexible to accommodate your needs.

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Annuity Management

You receive simple and reliable annuity services. We manage all aspects of the patent annuity process. We will generate patent renewal reports, provide advanced analytics and process your payment decisions.

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Patent and Trademark Docketing

You can sleep at night knowing that we are tracking your dates. We keep track of all the pre-filing, post-filing and post-grant dates and deadlines associated with your patents and trademarks. We will work in your system or set one up for you.

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Our sister company Black Hills IP Renewals offers a low-cost Patent Annuity Management service.

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