March 01, 2013

Intellectual Property Law

Michael R. Patrick

Intellectual property has traditionally been considered a niche or boutique practice area, but intellectual property has undergone so much growth in scope and complexity over the past several decades that the terms “niche” and “boutique” seem inappropriately limiting. In the day-to-day practice, lawyers in this field may prosecute several trademark applications, file an action seeking a preliminary injunction, join forces with law enforcement to crack down on counterfeit merchandise and prosecute counterfeiters, or interact with clients and other counsel to negotiate any number of agreements and transactions. The breadth of the practice often feels more “general” than “niche.” Nevertheless, it is an invigorating practice area that permits an attorney not only to obtain expertise in a multifaceted area of the law, but also to interact with a broad set of areas and challenges that are more often associated with general practice.


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