4 Best IP Docketing Softwares For Small And Medium Law Firms
Do advanced features make the docketing system best?
I understand it is quite puzzling to figure out what are the best IP docketing systems out there in the market. These days, docketing systems come with many advanced features. However, the question is, does a particularly advanced feature makes a docketing system best? Probably, no.
Five parameters for choosing the best Intellectual Property (IP) Docketing software.
The reason for my answer in negation is age-old trite quote, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” What I am trying to say is that the IP docketing system can be considered best depending upon the needs of the users. I used the following five parameters to decide the four best software systems. I believe that every user looks for the following traits while choosing an IP docketing software.
- User Interface
Table: Comparison of four softwares.
|S. No.||Software||Cost||Web-based||Documents||Billing||Private Pair||Client View||AutoDocketing|
|1||AppColl Prosecution Manager||Starts at $100 a month||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes, partial, monitoring required. US-based only. Foreign needs manual entry.|
|2||Alt Legal||Starts at $75 per month||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes, automatically calculates deadlines for trademarks, US patents, and TTAB proceedings. Monitoring required. Foreign needs manual entry.|
|3||DocketTrak||Starts at $75 per month||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Automated trademark and deadline creation. Patents need manual work. Requires manual intervention for both trademark and|
|4||FlexTrac||Starts at $99.95 per month||Yes. Also comes in server-based package.||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes, partially, monitoring is required. Further, their best features seem to be available in server-based offer.|
Who wins the race?
Considering, the features, usability, and experience Menteso IP believes AppColl Prosecution Manager wins the race of Intellectual Property (IP) Docketing software systems for small and medium law firms. AppColl has very easy to use interface with seven modules and no clutter in the user interface.
Who is the second best?
The second best software comes to mind is Alt Legal. If you don’t have to track your billing, Alt Legal can save some costs. Automated reminders, USPTO tracking, and USPTO updates notification are quite good at Alt Legal.
Who seems powerful?
Dockettrak is easy to use. Though, DocketTrak looks as a basic software, nevertheless, the most noteworthy feature with DocketTrack is that you can store unlimited records even with the basic package. Further, another great feature I like is client access, that too unlimited clients. As a result, one of our clients preferred this software over all others, probably, because of the unlimited records and the client access as a major reasons. I believe, this is one of the potential features the law firms always crave for. DocketTrack has implemented client feature smartly by merely allowing the creation of a user with limited access to particular client data.
Who can be available on in-house server?
Above all, the fourth software FlexTrac is a robust system when deployed on a server. In contrast, the web version seemingly needs to catch up. If you recognize that your data needs to be saved strictly into your systems, you can consider server version of this software. Notwithstanding, the server version might be little costlier than the web version because of the upfront costs.
Finally, everything is in front of you; you need to take a call considering your requirements. You can also Contact Menteso IP for suggestions to your specific requirements. We wish you good luck with your choice of IP Docketing software.
Menteso IP is not in collaboration with any of the above software providers. Our views are for information purpose only and bear no legal liabilities. We are sharing the information on our usage basis only. We have expertise in providing remote managed docketing services on all of the above IP Docketing Systems including AppColl, Alt Legal, DocketTrak, and FlexTrac. Together with these systems, Menteso IP has the expertise and hands-on experience of providing services on other docketing systems as well including Foundation IP, Anaqua, CPi, IP Manager, Memotech, IPFolio, etc. Contact us for our services-quote today.