In a bid to address the diverse needs of today’s global law firms, IP management software company Anaqua has launched a new Anaqua Law Firms business unit and announced three senior hires. The move, says Anaqua, underscores the company’s commitment to the law firm market as an essential part of the IP ecosystem, and to the company’s strategy of organizing to meet the needs of this market. As part of this expansion, Anaqua is also making additional investments in its platforms AQX Law Firm and PATTSY WAVE.

Leading the new business unit is Domenic Leo, who joins Anaqua as VP & General Manager, Law Firms. Leo will assume overall responsibility for Anaqua’s global law firm offering and will oversee the newly acquired IP management software and practice automation business, O P Solutions.

“With over 30 years’ experience in the IP Management industry, Domenic will deepen Anaqua’s law firm DNA and focus on how we can better serve and deliver solutions that help the law firm community,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of Anaqua. “We are thrilled to welcome Domenic to the team.”

Domenic Leo adds: “Anaqua listens to the market and has a reputation for delivering leading IP management solutions. That’s the culture at Anaqua and is one of the many reasons why I joined. I am very excited to lead a talented team of Anaqua staff, O P Solutions management, and recently hired industry experts. Together we will help drive the success of our law firm clients across the globe.”

Also joining Anaqua, as VP, Law Firm Strategy, is Jayne Durden. A long-standing member of the Editorial Board of our sister title The Trademark Lawyer, Jayne has extensive experience as both an IP practitioner and an IP management service provider, having worked at both large and boutique law firms in Australia and the U.S., including Ladas & Parry LLP, Allens, and The Webb Law Firm. In her new role, Jayne will work closely with the Anaqua law firm client community to bring their needs to the forefront and will collaborate with the Anaqua product team to further translate those needs into IP platform enhancements.

Jayne told The Patent Lawyer:

“The law firm industry is experiencing so much activity right now, and particularly the IP field. Law firms are really looking into how to be innovative with technology and services that can transform and drive their businesses forward. With this announcement, Anaqua is even better positioned to do just that, and is investing in not only technology but dedicated staff who are both experienced and passionate in helping law firms. As VP of Law Firm Strategy, I am really looking forward to working with law firm leaders, IP operations and data management specialists to bring new ideas and solutions to market to further support their goals and make their jobs easier.”

The acquisition of O P Solutions sees Joe Bichanich become part of Anaqua, joining as Client Director, Global Law Firms. Bichanich will be responsible for developing and implementing creative strategies to enhance the long-term success of Anaqua’s clients. He will also be supporting IP practices in how to develop and apply Anaqua’s technology to transform their businesses.

“We are very excited that with the backing of our Board we are making a significant investment in people, technology, and products to better serve the law firm sector’s IP management needs,” continued Bob Romeo. “With the formation of this unit, and with this team in particular, we are strengthening our knowledge of the sector and our ability to understand and translate our law firm clients’ needs into effective market-leading solutions.”

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