QUALITY CONTROL PROBLEM THAT ARISES FROM BILLING RATE REQUIREMENTS AT TRADITIONAL IP FIRMS

One significant reason why traditional IP firm operational policies tend to drive low quality work is that the policies require annually increasing billing rates for their associates.

A traditional IP firm requires each of their associates to bill a minimum number of hours at a specified rate in a given year. The firm annually increases the required billing rates until they become too high for each associate to give sufficient attention and time to client matters. Sooner or later, an associate, no matter how brilliant he is, simply cannot work at a pace fast enough to both bill his client a reasonable fee and satisfy the firm's billing requirements. The associate ends up cutting corners, effectively fattening the firm partners at the expense of their clients.