With the Supreme Court punting on the closely watched Bilski v. Kappos case, the question of just what's patentable shifts to a whole new arena.
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For the first time in its 140-year history, Stevens Institute of Technology will have a general counsel. Kathy Schulz, formerly the associate general counsel at Yale University, has been named the New Jersey school's general counsel.
NEW! IP Insider
This week: The search giant faces a new kind of patent lawsuit — one brought by (imagine!) an actual competitor in an increasingly important space — smartphones.
One thing's for sure — you don't own what you think you own (and you certainly can't resell it). California software company Autodesk demolishes a broad challenge to software licensing at the Ninth Circuit.
From the Experts
What lawyers need to know after the EU's highest court limits attorney-client privilege for in-house counsel.
Discrimination laws are NOT the same everywhere: Corporate counsel have to know how to avoid fatal assumptions.
Barrick Gold felt no need to plunder the competition in burnishing its legal team.
On April 29, 2010, I stated why the Social Media Privacy Protection Act is needed. I reiterated my position again on July 25, 2010. I did not wake up thinking about privacy issues. However, when I logged into my Google account this morning, I received the message, 'What would happen if you lost access to your Google Account tomorrow?'
- Shear on Social Media Law
In-house staff like to put off undesirable tasks. Everyone does. So a simple technique described in Law Practice, Sept./Oct. 2010 at 12, appeals to me, 'Set a wind-up egg timer to ring at 25 minutes: a chunk of time called a pomodoro.' While it ticks away work on one and only one task. When saved by the bell, reward yourself with a three-minute break, then start another pomodoro push.
- Law Department Management
From the Magazine
The bank's former in-house lawyers finally talk about the 2008 collapse that still provokes passionate debate — here's a point-by-point breakdown of what went wrong, and what they learned.
Big firms predominate, jockeying for position, in Corporate Counsel's annual report on the outside law firms that corporate America turns to — for both bet-the-company litigation and everyday business. | CHART | GC COMP SURVEY | CHART | THE IN-HOUSE SALARY RANGE
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Trevor Faure, the global general counsel of Ernst & Young Global, thinks so. In his view, the business landscape has irrevocably changed. To keep pace, law firms need to serve their clients with methods that can be measured and analyzed and ultimately lead to structural improvements.