We are an IP docketing & paralegal
service provider
We are faster, more accurate, and more cost-effective than in house departments and off-shore providers.
We do your work in the U.S.

Because we do your work in the US, there are no export control issues. You can feel secure in the confidentiality of your information knowing that it all stays onshore.  Less red tape means you save time and money.

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. All of our staff go through a rigorous training program and have paralegal certificates or other degrees.

Our Elite Team

The team that formed Intellevate, the company that pioneered outsourcing legal support services to India, and FoundationIP, one of the nation’s leading IP management software solutions.

Ann McCrackin


Ann McCrackin is Black Hills IP’s President as well as a patent prosecution process expert and a highly accomplished patent attorney with extensive experience in both U.S. and international patent prosecution.  Before becoming President of Black Hills IP Ann was a Professor of Law and the Director of the nationally recognized Patent Prosecution and Procedure Program at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law).  At Franklin Pierce, Ann directed the program and taught courses in advanced aspects of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Ann has also taught dozens of continuing legal education courses and seminars on various aspects of patent process and prosecution and has edited and authored a number of legal texts on patent law.  Ann is also attorney of record for several Amicus Briefs filed in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Ann was a Shareholder at the Minneapolis patent firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. for eight years and now is of counsel at the firm.  Ann has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Jim Brophy

Vice President of Sales

James (Jim) P. Brophy II has over twenty-five years of intellectual property experience, and was instrumental in introducing the first successful web-based IP management system to the intellectual property industry. He also was instrumental in the early growth of the IP outsourcing industry at his prior company. Over the last ten years, Jim’s experience in the IP management and outsourcing business has given him a strong understanding of the patent and trademark process as well as the current needs of the industry. Jim’s outstanding abilities and reputation for honesty have been rewarded by his customers.

Jaclyn Sprtel

Patent Analytics Specialist

Jaclyn (Jacie) Sprtel is a Patent Analytics Specialist for Black Hills IP Technology. While she is a registered patent attorney, her current role encompasses product development, consulting and analytics for Black Hills IP Technology clients. Prior to joining the team, Jaclyn was intellectual property counsel for Thomson Reuters for 4 ½ years in addition to 2 ½ years consulting for them. Jaclyn has a undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.