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Wave of Federal Trade Secret Decisions Soon to Hit State Courts

Late yesterday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute that creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The new statute, called the Defense of Trade Secrets Act…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Amendments to Civil Procedure Rules: Ending Patent Practice of Bludgeoning First and Valuing Later

The Dec 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure call for greater effort on the part of the court and the parties to ensure that the time and expense invested in a case is proportional to value of the case. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

AFAs Are Finally Catching On, But So Much More is Possible

Michael Rynowecer of BTI Consulting had a great, must-read post today on his Mad Clientist blog. In the post, which I strongly recommend, Michael makes these points: I get a picture of Samuel L. Jackson staring out from the TV…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend Trade…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

“We just raise them every year.”

Great article by Sara Randazzo in today’s Wall Street Journal, Legal Fees Cross New Mark: $1,500 an Hour. Set aside the wisdom of such rates when firms provide discounts on demand and realization rates average near 80%. What…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

A special note of thanks to our clients

I wrote my first blog post on April 10, 2005, and I have published 968 posts since then. To be candid, not all of the posts related to client service issues, the blog’s name notwithstanding. But a good many of the posts have…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Is the time coming when an innovative Law Department will custom design its law firm?

Most complain that their law firms are not meeting their needs. Some law departments bring work in-house. Some change law firms. But the problems persist. Outside the law department, companies solve this kind of problem by…more
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Clients speak clearly. Are law firms hearing the message?

I recently read the 2016 Report On The State Of The Legal Market by Georgetown Law and Peer Monitor. I was struck by the clarity of the message being sent by clients, and equally struck by how law firms seem not to hear it…more
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A man hears what he wants to hear…

I am sure Simon and Garfunkel never thought their lyrics would find their way into the law (this line has been used by judges in their opinions, so I am not breaking new ground) but when a line fits so perfectly, it is hard not…more
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Leveraging Lessons Learned is Like Turning on a Light

If you learn a lesson, you are unlikely to repeat the mistake you made. Consider this like turning on a flashlight while walking around in the dark. It helps you avoid running into a piece of furniture. If you learn a lesson and…more
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Loser Does Not Pay for AIA Costs

Trend is patent litigation loser pays fees or costs – but not this time (courtesy Google Images). The significant filing fees spent by an accused infringer on a successful American Invents Act (AIA) review are not taxable…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Noise of Client Service

I wrote a series on Signal and Noise. The problem clients confront is that most law firms look and sound alike. When we started Valorem in 2008, no one was talking about alternative fees, no one was offering alternative fees and…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Forbes: 5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable

Here’s just a flavor for the reasons the author provides in this must-read article: Disrespectful: Being on time is about respect. It signals that you value and appreciate the other person. If you don’t respect the meeting’s…more
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A project is not completed until it is reported completed

Have you ever had asked about the status of a project you had assigned to someone only to be told it had been completed “some time ago?” Those who have had such conversations know the level of irritation you feel when you hear…more
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Do in-house lawyers care less about second opinions than people who don’t care about second opinions?

50% of Americans do not get second opinions for important medical diagnoses. 30% of the time the second opinion causes changes in the diagnosis or treatment. Do the math. I don’t know the data on what percentage of in-house…more
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