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How Smaller Firms Can Go Global Without Going Bankrupt

Law360 (July 4, 2018, 10:02 PM EDT) -- When Todd Patterson founded his Houston intellectual property boutique Patterson & Sheridan LLP more than two decades ago, his aspirations didn't reach beyond the city limits. He just wanted a nice office in Houston.

Business, however, led him to establish outposts in other places: Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, New Jersey, North Carolina. And then the growing firm landed a multinational conglomerate client in Japan — and the headaches that come with the 14-hour time difference between the island nation and the state of Texas.

So the IP boutique set up shop in Yokohama, Japan, in 2016.

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