InsideCounsel Editor-in-Chief Erin Harrison
InsideCounsel Editor-in-Chief Erin Harrison

Today, general counsel and other senior-level legal executives are at the nexus of major business decisions. The roles of the chief compliance officer and chief IP officer, in particular, have risen to the highest ranks of organizations and therefore, anyone who holds one of those roles needs to be “C-suite ready.”

Considering the fact that legal departments within large enterprises do not generate revenue, GCs and their direct reports must continually demonstrate how the law department adds value to the company. InsideCounsel Managing Editor Rich Steeves recently caught up with Wayne Sobon, senior vice president and general counsel at Inventergy and president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, who discussed the growing importance of the chief IP officer, especially in relation to business decisions.

As Sobon notes, “Intellectual property has risen to prominence as an essential business asset in the modern economy. Because of that importance, more and more companies are realizing the need for a chief IP counsel, and, more specifically, one who possesses both business and technical competence.”

Like today’s chief IP counsel, InsideCounsel magazine must also continually demonstrate its value to the legal industry—and our readers. In November, we launched a new and improved print publication that provides our readers with an “inside” look at the latest innovations, trends and strategies. In February, we unveiled a brand new website that is the fruit of much hard labor. Over the past few months, we not only took into account our readership’s most pressing informational needs, but went a step further in our efforts to enable legal professionals to engage with one another as they continue to embark on their respective vocational journeys.

While we are pleased with the new look and feel of the website, what we are most proud of is the exceptional content we can now offer. The new website is not just another pretty “face,”— the site is equipped with engagement platforms that allow users to gain actionable knowledge and interact with our ever-growing network of industry influencers.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, find more options and information each time you visit, and use it as a tool for strengthening your business acumen and discovering sources of inspiration. I’d love to hear your feedback. Drop me a line at