Growing Australasia IP practice to implement Aurora North PracticeLink as part of major systems upgrade.

Aurora North, a leading provider of IP prosecution software for law firms, today announced that James & Wells has selected Aurora North PracticeLink for IP prosecution management. James & Wells is New Zealand’s largest privately-owned intellectual property practice, and one of Australasia’s leading independent patent and trade mark firms.

“As we expand our practice across the Australasian market, we want to ensure that we have the most advanced technology systems in place to provide a robust, productive and efficient environment for our lawyers and staff, particularly when working remotely,” said Tim Walden, managing partner, James & Wells. “Our partnership with Aurora North is a core part of our vision to upgrade our systems and fully automate critical IP prosecution processes and document workflows to support the firm’s next phase of growth.”

James & Wells transitioned to paperless IP management processes over six years ago, using CPA Global’s First to File. The firm is now in the process of implementing Aurora North PracticeLink together with Inprotech, the IP practice management solution from CPA Global, and the iManage document management system (DMS), to further streamline and automate the user experience.

“In planning the migration of our practice management and document management systems, we realized we needed an IP prosecution workflow solution that could help bridge the gaps, so that our lawyers and staff didn’t have to wrestle with jumping across multiple applications, manually distributing documents via email, and constantly chasing others to check on status,” said Tizio Panara, Information Systems Manager, James & Wells. “After a thorough investigation, we identified Aurora North as the most knowledgable partner in this domain. Aurora North PracticeLink is the ideal software solution that will integrate our systems and processes to provide our practice with a better way of working by centralizing IP document management, data integration and team collaboration.”

Aurora North PracticeLink provides a “one stop” work portal — connecting multiple applications used by law firm IP practices, and integrating docketing information, documents, email, invoices and financial information, and more. With PracticeLink, IP practitioners and staff can see all the information they need to perform tasks at each stage of the matter lifecycle, with clear insight into upcoming deadlines and the status of items requiring further action, review or approval, as well as links to the tools they need to execute each task. 

“In the fast-moving world of IP prosecution, firms that are able to respond quickly to client and government agency queries are well-positioned to deliver a superior client experience,” said Chris Kave, founder and principal, Aurora North. “By using PracticeLink, James & Wells is streamlining IP prosecution management for its IP practitioners and staff, regardless of their location, and enabling them to focus on delivering maximum value to their clients.”