Blount International—Office Hours Aren't Just for Professors
Blount International is an Oregon company in operation since 1947. A global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts and equipment, for everything from forestry and garden to ranching and agriculture, Blount sells its products in more than 110 countries around the world.
As Blount’s legal and business needs have evolved, cost management became critical. They were in need of a legal partner who could manage their extensive patent portfolio. Schwabe worked with Blount to develop an innovative solution, which included, fixed, on-site office hours with intellectual property attorney Steven Prewitt that allowed him to understand Blount’s business. Steven works out of Blount’s office every Thursday morning. He has become a mainstay of the office and is woven into the fabric of decision making and brainstorming.
Chad Paulson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, states that Blount “would not have been nearly as successful if he [Steven Prewitt] had not done the office hours." He has a relationship with the engineers and with the sales and marketing team. He is a part of the ideation and innovation process and assists Blount in maximizing its competitive advantage.
Steven’s on-site office hours have made him an extension of the Blount team. He understands Blount’s goals and has built relationships across the spectrum, creating efficiencies and acting as a driving force to achieving Blount’s vision.
Paulson credits numerous benefits to this arrangement, including reducing the annual spend of Blount’s patent portfolio but maximizing its overall value to the company.