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InsideCounsel Magazine December 2015


From The Editor

  • Good things

    It's a cliché that we journalists love it when bad things happen. Sure, natural disasters, terrorism strikes (I write this a few days after the Paris attacks) and scandal give us something to write about. But we don't go looking for this stuff. Okay, maybe we do relish a juicy...


  • Money sense

    Whatever happened to the trusted advisor? The top expert in his/her field? The important relationships one develops in business? Interviews with hundreds of in-house counsel confirm that relationships, expertise and experience still trump fees. If these three key ingredients are there for a successful relationship, then budget certainly comes next....

  • To borrow a phrase, just do it

    Just start. Take the first step. Small advances from a low baseline can and do pay huge dividends. On departmental improvement initiatives, lawyers can be their own worst enemies. We need to get out of our own way.


  • Labor & Employment Digest

    As 2015 draws to a close, it's a good time for labor and employment attorneys to take stock of the myriad changes that have occurred in the L&E space over the past 12 months and look forward to a successful 2016. Whether you are considering anti-discrimination policies, looking at background...


  • Patent damages need an overhaul

    High patent damages demands and awards for complex products covered by thousands of patents are common in the United States and rare elsewhere in the world. The prospect of high damages awards is incentivizing unwarranted and abusive patent litigation in some industry sectors. Lack of clarity about appropriate evidence of...


  • Top ways to improve IP protection with third parties

    Are you concerned that your third-party partners could put your intellectual property (IP) and confidential information at risk? If so, you are not alone. Two global initiatives are currently working to improve standards of IP protection in the global supply chain.

Tour of Duty

  • I’m SO STRESSED! This is going to be beautiful

    I had a really bad week. No one died, but it was bad enough that I started questioning my goals and priorities. It also reminded me of a trip to Napa Valley, where I learned that vineyards subject grapes to stressful conditions in order to produce perfect wine.

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