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Patent world expanding, but work sharing helps

Patent world expanding, but work sharing helps

By Jay Erstling Patenting is no longer restricted to the wealthiest nations. As the global economy has grown, so has the number of countries actively participating in the patent system. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, in 2013, the ...

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Challenging NFL’s most beloved racial slur

Challenging NFL’s most beloved racial slur

By Steven R. Baird Upon graduation from law school a quarter-century ago, working on pro bono legal matters was not at the forefront of my young legal mind. As a would-be intellectual property attorney, what skill or expertise could I ...

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Beyond checklists: a framework for biopharma startup

Beyond checklists: a framework for biopharma startup

By Teresa A. Lavoie, Ph.D., J.D. and Angela D. Follett, Ph.D, J.D. When conducting a due diligence investigation, the primary goal is to provide information that is of strategic value to the client. However, many intellectual property attorneys begin diligence ...

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‘Chicago Mix’: sweet, salty and serious

‘Chicago Mix’: sweet, salty and serious

Guest columnist and intellectual property attorney Lora Friedemann urges lawyers to talk to their clients about making public statements during litigation. After filing a lawsuit over the “Chicago Mix” trademark, Candyland stirred up trouble by criticizing its opponent. Friedemann is ...

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Due Diligence: Product Safety

Due Diligence: Product Safety

    Betting the company: Five steps to effective mass tort defense                 As bandwidth grows, so does a law practice             Plan ahead to manage a product ...

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Plan ahead to manage a product recall

By Creighton Magid Imagine yourself as in-house counsel for a manufacturer of small home appliances.  You receive a call from your customer service department reporting that three customers in the past week have called in to complain that a particular ...

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