A Private Practitioner's Guide to the Perils of Dealing with In-House IP Lawyers

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In the wake of the most recent global recession, in-house IP counsel are much more engaged in law practice and much more aggressive in driving down costs. GCs are fervently seeking innovative means of cost containment (and for publicly held companies, this issue will be a primary concern for shareholders). The same obligations for in-house counsel exist (such as the relative value of IP assets, infringement liability and support for R&D and marketing activities), but the associated legal costs are under heavy scrutiny. If outside counsel cannot respond quickly and accurately in a cost effective and professional manner, the corporate client will simply seek counsel that can reliably deliver the required results.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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