Rapid City, South Dakota – Black Hills IP, a provider of IP paralegal services, docketing services, and trademark services, announces today that it has signed its 100th customer. Black Hills IP counts among its customers the nation’s largest law firms and corporate legal departments. Black Hills IP has expanded rapidly by breaking the trend of sending legal support services offshore. In response to customer growth last year, Black Hills IP significantly expanded its main facility in Rapid City and it will soon announce a major expansion of its Minneapolis office.
Black Hills IP provides paralegal, docketing and other services to 36 of the nation’s most sophisticated intellectual property law firms and in-house legal departments. Black Hills IP has offices in Rapid City, South Dakota and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Rapid City, South Dakota. – Black Hills IP, a provider of IP paralegal, docketing, and trademark services, announces today that Cheryl Classen has been hired as its Manager of Trademark Paralegal Services. Ms. Classen has over 20 years of experience as a senior trademark paralegal with two major Minneapolis law firms, she created the trademark paralegal program and training regime for Intellevate (now CPA Global), and has been a committee chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA).
Minneapolis, Minn. – Black Hills IP, LLC announce today that it has added two new facilities; a service center in Rapid City South Dakota and a combination training, service and administration facility in Minneapolis, MN. Black Hills IP provides paralegal services and docketing services to intellectual property law firms and in-house legal departments. Its unprecedented growth is part of the national trend of firms moving their legal support services back to the US from India.
According to Ann McCrackin, Black Hills President, “we have been impressed with the demand for our services and are responding by investing in new service centers in Rapid City, South Dakota and Minneapolis.” The Rapid City service center is the former Northrop Grumman engineering campus and is located at 1241 Concourse Drive. Black Hills IP will move 30 of its employees into that facility January 20, 2012 and plans to add another 25 employees over the next year. The Minneapolis facility is located at Suite 800 of the TCF Tower and will be operational on January 16, 2012 with approximately 10 relocated employees.
Major US Patent Law Firm Moves Support Services From India to US
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. – Schwegman Lundberg and Woessner PA (“SLW”) and Black Hills IP, LLC announce today that SLW has moved its docketing support services and its paralegal support services from India to the US. The support services previously performed in India will now be performed in Rapid City South Dakota through Black Hills IP, LLC.
According to Steve Lundberg, SLW’s managing partner, “we were the first major patent law firm to send support services offshore and until recently we probably had the largest offshore team of any US patent law firm. Going to India made sense several years ago, but now our investment in automation has reduced the amount of labor needed for many functions, meaning that offshore labor cost arbitrage is less important. The cost of doing the work in the US is about the same as sending it to India, but keeping the work in the US is a lot more convenient, there are fewer confidentiality issues to worry about and we do not have the complication of complying with US technology export control laws.“
Rapid City, South Dakota. – Black Hills IP, LLC announces today that Ann McCrackin has been named its President. Ms. McCrackin is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost patent prosecution experts. She is stepping down from her position as a law professor and Director of the nationally recognized Patent Prosecution Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) to take the position.
Black Hills IP provides paralegal, docketing and other services to the nation’s most sophisticated patent law firms and in-house legal departments. Black Hills is based in Rapid City, South Dakota.