ACC offers this Legal Operations Maturity Model as a reference tool. Use it to benchmark maturity in any given area(s), bearing in mind that priorities and aspirational targets will vary based on department size, staffing and budgets. We have partnered with leading legal service providers to produce the Foundational Toolkit to advance in each of the 14 functions. Members can link to the tools and on-demand webcasts below.

Maturity Model Stages


  • Manual trademark docketing via spreadsheet

  • Manual patent tracking


  • Automated patent and trademark docketing (service provided country rules)

  • Basic patent workflow

  • Integrated patent annuity and trademark renewal decisions/payments


  • Fully integrated IP system (patent application and trademark registration, plus enforcement)

  • IP Analytics dashboard

  • Brand Management

  • Integrated intake for invention disclosures, product clearance requests, and trademark clearance requests

Foundational Tools

Key Metrics for Intellectual Property Portfolio Measurement
This document’s purpose is to illustrate possible metrics to be considered when measuring an Intellectual Property Portfolio.

Sample Patent Renewal Analysis Report
This sample report provides the user with a mechanism to show how patents in a portfolio are analyzed and rated based on the criteria outlined below. Ultimately this tool will help provide information needed to determine patent renewal.

  • Enforceability - Likelihood that the claims can be enforced on potential commercial products and services that may be implementing the underlying technology of the patent.
  • Infringement Detectability - Likelihood of detectability of infringement from publicly available information or other means
  • Market Relevance - Commercial Scope of the patented invention
  • Cost of Evidence - Cost of procuring evidence to determine infringement
  • Priority of the invention with respect to the technology existing at the time of filing
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Legal Operations Maturity Model Series - Intellectual Property Management
On Demand 60 Minutes
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