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July 8, 2009 - Katharine Patterson

Practice Update:
The Changing Dynamics of the IP and Patent Markets

July 8, 2009, Denver ChopHouse, Large Banquet Room

4:30-5:30 p.m. (Presentation)
5:30-6:30 p.m. (Networking)

Many law firms are struggling, laying off talented attorneys, fretting over challenging client demands, and worried about the viability of the law firm business model itself.  Corporate departments are seeing prosecution and patent budgets slashed by management, while non-practicing entities reap in record licensing revenues.

The past two decades have seen seismic shifts in how patent and IP law are practiced.  How does the current legal recession affect the market for IP services and the IP Bar?  What does the future hold, and what steps do practitioners need to take to grow their practices, affirm their role, or simply gain entry into the IP field?

National IP consultant and recruiter Katharine Patterson will share her insights into the changing landscape of IP and patent law practice.  Ms. Patterson will brief attendees on current market forces and trends, offer insight on long-term options for IP practice, and address questions about how to take advantage of the changing economic climate.  The discussion will be of interest to current law students interested in IP, junior IP associates, and seasoned IP practitioners alike. 


Katharine PattersonPattersonDavis Consulting  
Ms. Patterson is the founder of PattersonDavis Consulting in San Francisco, and has specialized in intellectual property since 1980.  She counsels law firms, Fortune 100 companies, venture capital groups and investors on how best to meet their IP human resource needs and grow the practices.  She has structured IP functions in corporations from inception to the Fortune 100.  She plans, architects and advises IP practice groups in law firms globally.
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