The picture shows the pattern and visualizes how the Patent-Pilot algorithm can understand whether Qualcomm or the US IP law firms are in charge of the case flow decisions.
Indeed, a high number of American firms simultaneously appear to have connections to the same European patent firms. For example, HOLLAND & HART LLP, ARENT FOX LLP, and SHUMAKER & SIEFFERT, P.A., all seem to prefer to work with the same European firms. This includes German BARDEHLE PAGENBERG PARTNERSCHAFT MBB, British MAUCHER JENKINS and REDDIE & GROSE.
In this scenario, the probability is extremely high that Qualcomm instructs American IP law firms to send cases to its preferred partner in Europe (or directly sends the work to the EP representatives).
The Patent-Pilot algorithm predicts that in 100% of cases, Qualcomm is a decision-maker behind the case flow. Indeed, if American IP law firms were not bound by the applicant in their choice of the European partners, they would not be prone to choose the same firms as other representatives of Qualcomm’s priority filings. They would rather send the cases to the firms of their own partner network.
All in all, irrespective of the IP law firm’s business development strategy and approach, it is always important to clearly understand how its potential clients and partners behave. To see the true international filing strategy of the potential partner, it is, therefore, crucial to discern the decision-maker behind the case flow. Decision-maker information is not available anywhere in the patent raw data. In this regard, Patent-Pilot’s algorithm and decision-maker feature are of a high value for the IP law firms as it allows to see the behavior and find the right partner IP law firms.