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Black Hills IP President Speaking at PLI's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014

Ann McCrackin, Black Hills IP's President will be presenting at the Practising Law Institute's Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing Thursday and Friday, July 17th and 18th.

Black Hills IP Expands, Moves into Larger Minneapolis Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2013

Minneapolis, Minn. – Black Hills IP, LLC announces today that it has moved its Minneapolis operations into a new, larger facility.  The new facility has three times the capacity of the prior facility.  The move caps a busy year at Black Hills IP.  The company acquired its 100th customer in July and has grown steadily through the year.

Black Hills IP Signs 100th Customer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2013

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 Cuts Ribbon on New Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2012

Rapid City, South Dakota. – Black Hills IP, a provider of IP paralegal services, docketing services, and trademark services, celebrated the opening of its new Rapid City facility at the former Northrop Grumman engineering campus.

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.

Black Hills IP Hires Cheryl Classen as Trademark Paralegal Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2012

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). 

Black Hills IP Expands - Announces Two New Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2012

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.

India Out – South Dakota In

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.“

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